Biodiversity catalog

Green Turtle
Chelonia mydas
Tortuga verde
Green Turtle

Species IUCN Status

Least Concern

Projects (Locations)

carbonplus, fisheries, sarstun

The green turtle is a migratory sea turtle found throughout the tropical and subtropical waters of the world. Green turtles are some of the largest turtles in the world and can grow up to over one meter long (3.3 ft.) and weigh up to 180 kg (400 lbs.). Currently listed as an endangered species, the primary threats to its survival are the loss and disturbance of nesting sites, nest predation, pollution, and the harvest of adult turtles at nesting beaches and foraging grounds. Green turtles are also susceptible to accidental or deliberate slaughter by commercial and artisanal fishermen.