Green Sea Turtle
Chelonia mydas

(Linnaeus, 1758 [originally Testudo])

Common Name Green turtle
Estimated Population Decreasing
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Sauropsida
Order Testudines (=Chelonii)
Family Cheloniidae
Genus Chelonia

(Brongniart, 100)

Species • C. mydas
Conservation Status
(IUCN 3.1)

The Green Sea Turtle (C. mydas) is a widely distributed Sea Turtle found in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It is also commonly known as the Black Sea Turtle. This turtle's range is in tropical and subtropical areas, it goes around sandy areas and coral reefs, eating Jellies and small Fishes.


The Green Sea Turtle has many severe threats, mostly unintended. These include mistaking discarded plastic bags as their food, jellyfish, chemical pollution, and getting trapped in litter that keeps them from resurfacing for breath. Also, many nests of sea turtles have been disturbed which leads to low reproduction rates. Because of all these, the Green Sea Turtle is Endangered (EN).

Habitat Edit

Their distribution can be found all over the world in tropical and subtropical areas. There are two subpopulations: Atlantic and Pacific. They both have different behavior and feeding grounds. Younger turtles are known to swim in deeper, pelagic waters and are not seen as often due to this behavior. As they mature, they come to the coasts, where they lie around seagrass and small reefs in shallow areas.

In Public Aquariums Edit

Green Sea Turtles are very popular in public aquariums. They can be found in many, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium (Open Sea Exhibit), and at the Newport Aquarium in Kentucky, where he is known as "Denver."



Hawaii Green Sea Turtle Eating - Cool Video

Hawaii Green Sea Turtle Eating - Cool Video

Marine Marine HabitatsAquariumsGlobal OceansOcean Weather
Vertebrate FishesMammalsReptilesAmphibiansCartilaginous FishesSharks
Invertebrate ArthropodMolluscaEchinodermsCnidaria
Conservation Status Critically EndangeredEndangeredNear ThreatenedVulnerableLeast ConcernData DeficientNot Evaluated