Save the leather back turtle

By mina ghaly

The leather back turtle

Latin Name Chelonia mydas

Conservation Status Endangered

Location Worldwide

Colour Greenish/Brown

Length 1 - 1.2 m (3.5 - 4ft)

Habit Aquatic

Breeding Oviparous

Main Characteristics

Green Sea Turtles are one of the largest and most wide spread marine turtles. They can reach lengths between 1 and 1.2 m (3.5 - 4 ft) and their average weight is in the region of 200 Kgs (441 lbs). In the wild they can live for up to 80 years.


Green Sea Turtles are found in tropical, sub-tropical and temperate waters worldwide. There are two major subpopulations of Green Sea Turtle, the atlantic population and the pacific population

leather back turtles extinction

The main predators of adult Green Sea Turtles are sharks, specifically tiger sharks, and humans. Young Green Sea Turtles are prey to sea birds, crabs, and fish.


Green Sea Turtles mate in shallow water approximately 1 Km (0.62 miles) from the nesting site. After copulation, and when the female is ready to lay her eggs, she will crawl ashore after dark. She will dig a large pit above the high tide line and in it she will lay 100 - 200 eggs. This group of eggs is called a clutch and she will cover them over with sand to protect them from the sun and any predators.


help the leather back turtle

The leatherback turtle has survived for more than a hundred million years, but is now facing extinction. Recent estimates of numbers show that this species is declining precipitously throughout its range.