Canadian Marine Life Encyclopedia
Green Sea Turtle
Also known as
Worldwide in tropical to temperate latitudes
Sea grass beds, sandy beaches and open ocean
Order Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins), Family Cheloniidae (hard-shelled sea turtles)
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Green sea turtles have roamed the oceans for millions of years! They are ancient creatures, the largest species in the family of hard-shelled sea turtles and second largest to the leatherback turtle among all sea turtles. The adults usually live in shallow waters to feed on seagrasses and algae, and they’re the only sea turtle that is a strict herbivore. In fact, green sea turtles bite off the tops of vegetation, helping to promote healthy growth and productivity. This diet may also contribute to the greenish colour of its fat, which is where their common name comes from.