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Green sea turtle
(Chelonia mydas)
walrus
Description
They have a flattened body covered by a large, teardrop-shaped carapace and a pair of large, paddle-like flippers well-adapted for swimming. They have a beaked head at the end of a short neck. They are called green turtles because of the color of the flesh. Their carapace is composed of five central scutes flanked by four pairs of lateral scutes; it is usually lightly colored, olive to brown, although parts of the carapace can be almost black in the Eastern Pacific.
Dimensions
Adult green turtles grow to 5 ft long. The average weight of mature individuals is 150 to 420 lb, and the average carapace length is 31 to 44 inches.
Diet
Adults are strictly herbivorous. They feed on algae in the sea and the grasses that grow in shallow waters. As juveniles, they eat plants and other organisms such as: jellyfish, crabs, sponges, snails, and worms.
Habitat & Range
They live in tropical waters all over the world. They are found in the Atlantic Ocean from the eastern United States along coastal South America to South Africa.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS ENDANGERED

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