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Green turtle

green turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Nesting turtle - Exmouth region, WA
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
Chelonia mydas - (Linnaeus, 1758)
Pronunciation  kel-OH-nee-ah   MY-dass
Etymology  Chelonia: 'turtle'.
mydas: meaning unknown.1
Other names   
Carapace length
Species avg: 150 cm
Clutch size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Abundant along the tropical coasts of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. Pan-tropical distribution throughout the world.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, 200 m bathymetric


Warm, tropical salt water

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