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Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra GSN 2623 shares Income Tax Return on www.guidestarindia.org

Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra GSN 2623 shares Income Tax Return on www.guidestarindia.org

Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Nesting sites: Tropical coastlines and islands across the world

Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)Natural habitat: Seas in topical, sub-tropical, and temperate regions

Weight: 250 kg

 

Carapace

Length: 90-120 cm

Shape: Broad and egg shaped

Colour: Carapace is olive green in colour with dark spots or lines. Juvenile turtles have brownish stripes

Plastron: Yellowish

Shape of the head: One pair of prefrontal scales. Small nostrils

Limbs: Oar-shaped limbs with one nail on each limb

Food: Hatchlings are carnivorous till the first year and turn herbivorous thereafter. They feed on marine algae, grass, etc.

Breeding season: Throughout the year, mainly May-September

Eggs deposition time: Nocturnal

Frequency in a breeding season: 4-6 times

Duration between deposition of consecutive eggs: 10-14 days

Duration between two breeding seasons: 3-5 years

Number of eggs: 100-120

Incubation period: 45-70 days

Current status: The species is endangered due to the consumption of its eggs, destruction of breeding habitats, and slaughter of adult turtles. Protected under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972

 

 

 

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