Green Sea Turtle

Green Sea Turtle
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Testudines
  • Family: Cheloniidae
  • Scientific Name: Chelonia mydas
  • Conservation Status: Endangered
  • IUCN ID: 4615

Green Sea Turtles, or Green Turtles, are found in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, as well as the Indian. Weighing between 240 – 400lbs, they are the largest of the marine turtle family – growing larger than Loggerhead Turtles, Hawksbill Turtles, and the other four included species. Green Sea Turtles are named for the green fat that is found underneath their shells. Their greatest threat for survival is illegal commercial harvesting for eggs and food. The remaining parts are typically used for leather goods, and the smaller specimens are often stuffed, for sale as souvenirs. Another major threat to the Green Sea Turtle is the incidental capture of their species in commercial shrimping operations.