Green Turtle
February 13, 2016
Aldabran Tortoise
February 13, 2016
Scientific name:
Erectmochelys imbricata
Identification:
Up to 90 cm. A small sea turtle with a noticeable beak and elongate cerapace, the overlapping carapace scales marked with radiating streaks.
Habitat:
Circumtropical, in tropical and even temperate seas, found along the length of the East African Coast.
Behaviour:
East Africa's most common turtles, may forage close to the reef, sometimes enters the lagoons inside the reef but usually nervous.
Food:
Juveniles eat mostly vegetation but adults eat marine invertebrates, sometimes fish and plant materials.
Reproduction:
Mating occurs in shallow water. Lays between 50 - 200 eggs, roughly 4 cm diameter on the beach.