Text of Sea Turtles By Ms. Gibney and Mrs. Faust. Habitat Tropical and subtropical seas throughout the world
Sea Turtles By Ms. Gibney and Mrs. Faust
Habitat Tropical and subtropical seas throughout the world
Identification Their head and neck, arms and legs cannot be retracted into the shell. Their shells consist of an upper part (carapace) and a lower section (plastron). Their jaws have modified "beaks" suited to their particular diet.
Food Adult leatherback turtles travel extensively on the high seas in search of jellyfish and related prey. Loggerheads and ridleys are omnivores, consuming mollusks, crabs, jellyfish and other invertebrates; fishes and seaweeds are also eaten. The green turtle is an herbivore, preferring to graze in seagrass meadows and on various species of algae in tropical coastal waters. Hawksbills specialize on coral reef sponges and other invertebrates.
Threats Demand for turtle meat, eggs, skin and colorful shells has dwindled their populations. Destruction of feeding and nesting habitats and pollution of the world's oceans are all taking a serious toll on remaining sea turtle populations.
Shell Patterns The upper shell, or carapace, of each sea turtle species ranges in length, color, shape and arrangement of scales. The upper shell, or carapace, of each sea turtle species ranges in length, color, shape and arrangement of scales.
Reproduction Females must come ashore to lay their eggs in the sand; therefore, all sea turtles begin their lives as tiny hatchlings on land. An estimated one egg in 1,000 will produce an adult turtle.
Sadly, all are Endangered or Threatened
Loggerhead Kemps Ridley Hawksbill Leatherback Green Olive Ridley Cody and Mykailah Sami and Lexi Kaitlin and Catarina Kolbie and Kaela Brianna and Chris Delaney and Derek Jen and Zack Tommy and Tony Colin and Cassy Matthew and Michael Vincent and Aiden Konnor and Justine
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