Brittney Langan
Green Sea Turtle
Chelonia mydas
Green Turtle

They can reach a size of 4 feet and 440 pounds. Their heart shaped shell is smooth and varies from a light to dark brown color. They have small heads that are light brown with yellow markings. They also have single-clawed flippers.
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Feed on mainly sea grass and algae.
Ever 2-4 years, they can produce at most 9 clutches per season ( a clutch is anywhere from 75-200 eggs). Nesting is always at night time and hatchlings also emerge at night.

Located in Mexico and the United States.
Historic range and current range are generally the same; around the US territory.
They live and nest mostly along beaches. A large number of green turtles nest along the US coast. They live in shallow waters and enjoy places like lagoons, reefs, and bays.
They are above ground and do not hibernate.
Predators such as birds, tiger sharks, and any other animals living along the beach. Predators attack eggs and hatchlings more often than adult sea turtles.

Causes for endangerment include hunting, effects of fisheries, and litter or marine debris.

The federal government has gotten involved with protected this species with acts like the NOAA.
Plans have been made to improve the environment they are currently located.
No breeding improving programs known of; just improvement of the current population.

Green Sea Turtles, Emily Gardner
Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia Mydas) U.S Fish and Wildlife Service

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