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NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources

Green Sea Turtle

Green sea turtles are the largest hard-shelled sea turtles, weighing between 300-350 pounds and reaching about 3 feet long. Adult sea turtles are unique among sea turtles since they are herbivores, eating mostly sea grasses and algae. Juvenile green sea turtles are found in near-shore foraging areas, later migrating to deeper areas near sea bottom as adults.

Green sea turtles are found in waters throughout the world, but are most commonly found in tropical and subtropical waters from Texas to Massachusetts, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Green sea turtles are listed as endangered in Florida and the Pacific coast of Mexico and are listed as threatened in all other populations. The greatest threats to the Green Sea Turtle population are the harvest of eggs, capture in fishing gear, and disease. There are several conservation efforts in place to grow the Green Sea Turtle populations across the world.