The top shell of a green sea turtle makes it the easiest to identify one. With the exception of its head and flippers, the animal’s body is mostly covered by its shell. The shell of a green sea turtle is not always green, despite its name. The uniform, heart-shaped shell can have a variety of hues, such as brown, olive, gray, or black. It has a yellowish-white tint on the underside. The brown and yellow patterns on the green sea turtle’s head.
Green sea turtles can travel swiftly and effortlessly through the water because to their paddle-like flippers. These large, hefty creatures can grow to a length of three to four feet and weigh up to 350 pounds (136 to 159 kilograms). Despite its size, the leatherback sea turtle still holds the record for the biggest marine turtle in the world.
Warm subtropical and tropical ocean environments are home to green sea turtles, which breed in more than 80 different nations. The Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans all have populations with various hues and patterns. These turtles are very migratory and engage in intricate movements and migrations, despite the fact that this is not generally known.
A green sea turtle seldom comes back to shore once it leaves the nest and enters the water. Instead, it consumes the offshore plant blooms that surround beaches and islands. Up to the mating season, green sea turtles remain in shallow waters. The females go a considerable distance to their natal beach, or the beach where they were born, every time they reproduce. To go back to their favorite breeding location, they will fly great distances—even across oceans.
The Hawaiian Islands, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the east coast of Florida are the U.S. locations where green sea turtles are most frequently spotted. On the Atlantic coast of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, nesting happens less often.
Herbivorous adults are green sea turtles. The turtle’s jaw is serrated to make it easier for it to eat seagrass and algae, which are its main sources of food. Green sea turtle young are omnivores. They consume a broad range of plants and animals, including as worms, insects, crustaceans, and seagrasses.