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Miami Tours | Green Sea Turtle | Everglades National Park Tours and Air Boat Rides

Everglades National Park: Inhabitants | The Green Sea Turtle

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The green turtle is a large, weighty sea turtle with a wide, smooth shell. It typically inhabits tropical

and subtropical coastal waters. Green Sea Turtle have often been observed clambering onto land to sunbathe.

It is not named for the color of its shell, which is normally brown, but for the greenish color pigmentation of

its skin. There are two types of green turtles: the Atlantic green turtle, normally seen off the shores

of Europe and North America, and the Eastern Pacific green turtle, which has been found as far as from the coastal waters

from Alaska to Chile. Green Sea Turtels can weighup to 700 pounds (317.5 kilograms). Green turtles are one of  the largest sea

turtles in the world. airboat ride in the Everglades

 Their heads or small relative to their large shell and body. Unlike other turtles, their necks are nonretractable, and extend

from a heart-shaped carapace that measures up to 5 feet (1.5 meters). Typically, males are slightly larger than females and often have 

longer tails. Both have flippers that resemble paddles with webbed toes, which make them well suited and graceful swimmers. Unlike most sea

turtles, adult green turtles are herbivorous, feeding on sea grasses and algae. Nonetheless, juvenile green turtles, will also eat

invertebrates such as crabs, jellyfish, etc. While many sea turtles warm themselves by swimming close

to the surface of shallow waters, the Eastern Pacific green turtle will take to land to bask in the sun.

They can occasionally seen sunbathing alongside seals and albatrosses, it is one of the few marine turtles known

to leave the water other than at nesting times. 

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Green turtles, like other sea turtles, undertake lengthy migrations from feeding waters to nesting grounds,

normally sandy beaches. The mating cycle occurs every two to four years and normally performed in shallow waters

close to the shore. To nest, females leave the sea and choose an area, often with other their mothers,

to lay their eggs. They will dig a pit in the sand with their flippers, fill it with a clutch of 100 to 

200 eggs, then covering the nest, and returning to the sea, leaving the eggs to hatch on their own after about two months. The most

dangerous time of a green turtle’s life is making the journey from nest to sea. Multiple predators, 

including crabs and flocks of gulls, frequently prey on hatchlings during this short dart for life. Green turtles

are listed as an endangered species. Despite this, they are still killed for their meat and eggs. Their numbers are also

 reduced by boat propeller accidents, fishnet-caused drowning, and the destruction of their nesting grounds by human development.

Everglades National Park

Take an airboat ride and tour in the Everglades