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Species Spotlight: Green Sea Turtle

Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) swimming, Kona, Hawaii, United States

How long have sea turtles existed on Earth?

Reptiles existing on Earth for over 100 million years, sea turtles' ancestors were around at the time of the dinosaurs.

Why do sea turtles come to the surface of water?

Sea turtles cannot breathe underwater and need to come to the surface for air. They can hold their breath underwater for as long as 4-7 hours if they are resting or sleeping.

How many eggs does a female sea turtle lay?

During sea turtle nesting season, a female can lay up to 180 eggs at a time, as often as six times.

 

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