While green sea turtles spend most of their time in warmer
water, young turtles
sometimes spend their summers in New England waters.
Size Up to 5 feet long
Diet Plant matter, squids, crabs and other small sea creatures
Lifespan Possibly 100 years or more
Range Tropical to temperate waters worldwide
Habitat Adult green sea turtles prefer coral reefs, sea grass beds
while hatchlings and juveniles live farther from shore.
Predators Foxes, weasels, cats, dogs, raccoons, crabs and more eat
hatchlings. Sharks and other large fishes prey on juveniles and adults.
Relatives There are seven species of sea turtles: green,
Kemp’s ridley, olive ridley, hawksbill, flat back and leatherback.
Family life Females bury clutches of approximately 100 eggs on tropical or subtropical beaches. Once the eggs are buried, the females return to the sea. The eggs hatch after several months, and the hatchlings race for the sea before they can be eaten by crabs or sea gulls. It can take more than 20 years for sea turtles to reach breeding age.
Conservation status Endangered They are threatened by accidental bycatch in fishing gear, habitat loss, water pollution and the collection of turtles and their eggs for human consumption.
Sea turtles and climate change Rising temperatures, rising sea levels, and other trends are having an effect on the world’s sea turtles. Read more ...