Green Turtles

This large sea turtle is named after the green color of its body fat, a coloring that results from the Green Turtle’s unique herbivorous diet. Adults live on a diet of seagrass and algae, which they graze from the bottom of shallow water, tearing up the vegetation with their serrated jaws.

gray and green turtle swimming on water
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Young Green Turtles do eat invertebrates such as crabs, shrimp and jellyfish. When feeding, Green Turtles typically stay under water for 5 to 10 minutes, but when resting they can stay under for 2 to 3 hours! They don’t need to come up for air during that time because their muscles and blood store large quantities of oxygen; their heart rate also drastically slows down to conserve as much oxygen as possible