Endangered Florida Reptiles
A Florida Green Sea Turtle
The Turtles of Florida
Endangered or Threatened Florida Sea Turtles
The Florida Green Sea Turtle
The Florida Green turtle is a medium sized
Sea Turtle that can weigh up to a record 650 pounds.
It is endangered in the U.S. and was placed on the (ESA) in 1978.
Unlike most other Sea turtles, the Green is an Herbivore
preferring to dine on the sea grasses and algae of
our Florida Eastern and Western coastal areas.
Green Turtles now nest primarily along Florida's East coast.
A Green Sea Turtle
Photo credit: Mila Zinkova
The major threat to the species are fishing accidents
in addition to egg and adult turtle poaching.
They have also been found to be a culinary delight in
certain countries, making them even more endangered.
A Green Sea Turtle Hatchling
Photo credit: Manuel Heinrich Emha
This story explains how the Loggerhead and Green
have been decimated for the past one hundred
Turtles killed for their shells
There are protective laws in place around the world,
but the future of the Green Turtle remains yet to be