green turtle

Scientific name Chelonia mydas
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category EN
Family Cheloniidae
Genus Chelonia
Chelonia mydas Chelonia mydas


Chelonia mydas, commonly known as green turtle, is a salt water reptile.

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Who is it?


  • Type
  • Female size
    100 - 105 cm
  • Male size
    75 - 110 cm
  • Weight
    150 - 400 kg
  • Mimicry
    rocky bottoms
  • Longevity
    75 year
  • Type
  • Female size
    100 - 105 cm
  • Male size
    75 - 110 cm
  • Weight
    150 - 400 kg
  • Mimicry
    rocky bottoms
  • Longevity
    75 year

How to recognize the green turtle ?

The green turtle measures around 75 cm. The females are more imposing and some specimens can reach 110 cm. This reptile is multicolore with a predominantly marron, blanc and gris body.

Sexual dimorphism

The female is bigger than the male.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • Sociability
  • Way of living
  • Venomous
  • Diet

The green turtle is a reptile solitary naturally found close to the surface. This species is omnivorous with herbivorous tendency .

Although slightly territorial, the green turtle is a rather peaceful animal that generally behaves in a peaceful manner with other species.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui enfouit ses œufs
  • Migratory species
  • Clutch size
    100 - 120 eggs

The green turtle is a reptile ovipare qui enfouit ses œufs.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

Where to see this species?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    20 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 200 m
  • Flow
    Slow and Stagnant

Biotope presentation

The green turtle is most often found at a depth between 0m and 200m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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