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