Green Turtle

adult green turtle resting on the reef maldives

An adult Green Turtle rests on a reef near Kuredhu Resort, Lhaviyani Atoll, in the Maldives. © Jasmin Pape

Green turtles are the largest of all the hard-shelled sea turtles, growing to about 120 cm in length and weighing 135-160 kg. The Green turtle is named for the green colour of the fat under its shell.

Green turtles reach adulthood between 15 and 50 years of age.

Adult Green turtles are vegetarians, feeding on sea grass and algae. Juvenile Green turtles eat small crabs, shrimps, and jellyfish.

The Green turtle can be found worldwide in tropical and sub-tropical waters down to 20°C. Green turtles make long nesting migrations of thousands of kilometres to lay their eggs.

The Indian Ocean is home to some of the largest nesting populations of Green turtles in the world, particularly in Oman, Pakistan, and Reunion Island. Green turtles reproduce every 2-4 years.

The Green turtle is listed as Endangered.

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