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GREEN TURTLE (Chelonia mydas)
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Green turtle

The most common turtle at LHI is the Green Turtle, Chelonia mydas. This species is widespread in tropical and subtropical seas around the world; it breeds on the beaches of tropical islands and continents, including Australia's east coast and Coral Sea islands. Despite their presence around the Island, they are not known to breed here, probably because temperatures are not warm enough to incubate the eggs. The adult Green Turtle is mainly a plant eater, and can often be seen grazing on seaweeds and sea grasses around Ned's Beach or Sylph's Hole.

Not much is known about the life cycle of the Green Turtle. After the young hatch, they wander the oceans for some years until sexual maturity prompts them to return to where they were born for breeding. Estimates of the age at which breeding commences vary between ten and forty years.


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