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Scientific Name: 
Chelonia mydas
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Reptilia
Order: 
Testudines
Family: 
Cheloniidae
Genus: 
Chelonia
Species: 
mydas
Status: 
Endangered
Population Trend: 
Decreasing
Quick Facts

Green Turtle - Chelonia mydas

 - Endangered (IUCN)

 Loggerhead Turtle - Caretta caretta

 - Vulnerable (IUCN)

 Hawksbill Turtle - Eretmochelys imbricate

 - Critically endangered (IUCN)

 Leatherback - Dermochelys coriacea

 - Critically endangered  (IUCN)

 Flatback Turtle - Natator depressus

 - Data Deficient (IUCN)

 Olive Ridley Turtle - Lepidochelys olivacea

 - Vulnerable (IUCN)

Fun Facts
  • Marine turtles cannot retract their head or limbs under their shell as a land turtle can.
  • Green Turtles can stay under water for 5 hours.
  • Leatherback Turtles can dive to more than 1,190m.
  • The largest Leatherback Turtle recorded weighed 916kg.
  • Turtles don’t have an external ear opening

Marine Turtles

Taronga has made a centenary commitment to the long-term support of this species. Donate or find out more about how you can support our cause.

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At Taronga:

Taronga is committed to the conservation of marine turtles through our rescue, rehabilitate and release program. On 28th August 2014 a Green Turtle hatchling was found upside down on the sand at Copacabana Beach. He had an injured flipper and had swallowed plastic and weighed just 56g when admitted to our Wildlife Hospital. Named Andrew our team nursed him back to health, feeding him a specially formulated turtle gel. With every month he grew bigger and stronger and progressed well in his heated rehabilitation pool. His diet also progressed to fish and squid. In January 2016 he will be fitted with a satellite tracker and released back into the wild.

Region: 
Source: 
www.iucnredlist.org
Year assessed: 
2004