Green sea turtle Chelonia mydas
- Female lays around 600 eggs per season
- Nesting takes place on Indian Ocean islands
Green turtles, as their name implies, are olive-green in colour with a relatively smooth carapace.
They have a short snout and their beak is not hooked as in the loggerhead turtle.
Adult green turtles feed mainly on seaweed and seagrass and thus can often be seen close inshore, basking at the surface.
Female green turtles lay up to 150 eggs every 12 days or so, totalling approximately 600 eggs per season. Nesting occurs on the islands off Mozambique and other Indian Ocean islands.
On some of these islands, green turtles have been hunted almost to extinction.
Download the document below to read more about turtles.
- Turtles - Dinosaurs of the Ocean by Helen Lockhart (96.25 KB) Sea turtles are living dinosaurs, having survived some 90 million years from the Age of the Reptiles. Whilst people are fascinated with these ancient creatures because of their link with the distant past and the fact that they have not changed significantly in all these years, turtles are now endangered and threatened with extinction.