A Green Sea Turtle

A Florida Green Sea Turtle
Chelonia mydas


The Endangered Reptiles of Florida



The Turtles of Florida


Endangered or Threatened Florida Sea Turtles


Endangered or Threatened Florida Freshwater Turtles


The Florida Green Sea Turtle
Chelonia mydas


The Florida Green turtle is a medium sized

Sea Turtle that can weigh up to a record 650 pounds.

It is endangered in the U.S. and was placed on the (ESA) in 1978.


Unlike most other Sea turtles, the Green is an Herbivore

preferring to dine on the sea grasses and algae of

our Florida Eastern and Western coastal areas.

Green Turtles now nest primarily along Florida's East coast.

A Green Turtle

A Green Sea Turtle
Photo credit: Mila Zinkova


The major threat to the species are fishing accidents

in addition to egg and adult turtle poaching.

They have also been found to be a culinary delight in

certain countries, making them even more endangered.

A Green Turtle Hatchling
A Green Sea Turtle Hatchling
Photo credit: Manuel Heinrich Emha


This story explains how the Loggerhead and Green Turtles

 have been decimated for the past one hundred years:

Turtles killed for their shells


There are protective laws in place around the world,

but the future of the Green Turtle remains yet to be determined.


Places to learn more:


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:

Sea Turtles


MFWC Turtle Nesting:



National Park Service

Canaveral National SeaShore

Green Sea Turtle



Green Turtle

Green Turtle Photos


US Fish & Wildlife

Species Profile: Green Turtle


General Sea Turtle Information:

US Fish & Wildlife

Sea Turtle Fast Facts

Sea Turtle Information



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