Green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) are endangered in U.S. waters. Several juvenile turtles are seen in Chesapeake Bay during the late summer and early fall., their average length is ~ 30 cm (12 in). Adult green sea turtles feed on sea grasses and algae while juveniles are omnivorous, feeding on both aquatic plants and animals. These turtles are valued for their eggs and meat; they are named from the color of their fat.
Listed as "Endangered" in U.S.; globally "Threatened"
Adults reach 300 - 400+ lbs, 36 - 43 inches
Possibly 35-50+ years (Hawaiian Archipelago stock) (Balazs & Chaloupka 2004)
Tropical/subtropical beaches; open beach
Florida Bay, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, South/Central America
Vegetarians, feed on sea grasses, algae; juveniles are omnivorous (eat both plants & animals)