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Species Spotlight: Green Turtle

green sea turtle

The green turtle is one of the largest sea turtles and the only herbivore among the seven different species.

Where did green sea turtles get their name?

Green turtles are named for the greenish color of their cartilage and fat, not their shells.

What determines the gender of each turtle that hatches?

The gender of marine turtle hatchlings is dependent on temperature.

What are the threats to sea turtles?

Sea turtles are at risk from poaching for their eggs, meat, skin and shells; habitat destruction; accidental capture in fishing gear; climate change.



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