Green TurtleChelonia mydas
Facts About Green Turtle
- Adult green turtles are unique among sea turtles in that they eat only plants; they are herbivorous, feeding primarily on seagrasses and algae. This diet is thought to give them greenish-colored fat, from which they take their name.
- Life Span
- Unknown, but sexual maturity occurs anywhere between 20-50 years
- Adults: length 1 m (3 ft), weight 135-160 kg (300-350 lbs); hatchlings: length 50 mm (2 in), weight 25 g (0.05 lbs)
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Last Updated: Sep 11, 2013