The green sea turtle is a large sea turtle of the family Cheloniidae. It is the only species in this genus. Its range extends throughout tropical and subtropical seas around the world, with two distinct population s in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The common name comes from the unusually green fat found beneath its carapace.
Like other sea turtles green sea turtles migrate long distances between feeding grounds and hatching beaches. Many islands worldwide are known as Turtle Islands due to green sea turtles nesting on their beaches. Females crawl out on beaches, dig nests and lay eggs during the night. Later, hatchlings emerge and scramble into the water. Those that reach maturity may live to eighty years in the wild.
C. mydas is listed as endangered and is protected from exploitation in most countries. It is illegal to collect, harm or kill them. In addition, many countries have laws and ordinances to protect nesting areas.
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