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GREEN TURTLE
Chelonia mydas
The Green Turtle is found worldwide
There are 3 subspecies (Status uncertain)

Note that some experts consider that none of the subspecies are valid however they are included for completeness as you may still come across these names online or in books

COMMON NAME

SCIENTIFIC NAME

DISTRIBUTION

Atlantic Green Turtle

Chelonia mydas mydas

Atlantic Ocean

Pacific Green Turtle

Chelonia mydas japonica

Indian and Western Pacific Ocean

Black Sea Turtle or Galapagos Green Turtle

Chelonia agassizii (Chelonia mydas agassizii)
Status uncertain (race of Green Turtle)

Eastern Pacific Ocean (also Iran, Oman Region)


GREEN TURTLE Chelonia mydas THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
Photo of an Indo-Pacific Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas japonica ) taken from the Coffs Harbour jetty NSW


GREEN TURTLE chelonia mydas THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA map
The distribution map above shows where the Indo-Pacific Subspecies (Chelonia mydas japonica) has been found most commonly around Australia
Note that Green turtles often travel very widely outside the areas marked on the map above.

GREEN TURTLE Chelonia mydas THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
This Indo-Pacific Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas japonica) is emptying its lungs as it surfaces, it then took several large gulps of air before diving again. (Coffs Harbour NSW)

 

GREEN TURTLE Chelonia mydas THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA\
Notice the barnacles on the shell of this Indo-Pacific Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas japonica) at Coffs Harbour NSW

 

GREEN TURTLE Chelonia mydas THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

GREEN TURTLE Chelonia mydas THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

The Indo-Pacific subspecies (Chelonia mydas japonica) is found in the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans (i.e. the Australian subspecies) - it lays about 100 eggs


The Black Turtle (Chelonia agassizii or Chelonia mydas agassizii) is not found in Australian waters however it is believed by some experts to be a subspecies of the Green Turtle and by others to be Chelonia mydas mydas.

HYBRIDS

Note that hybrids can occur in the wild between Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) and Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta caretta) as well as Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata)

LINKS OF INTEREST 

Black Sea Turtle
John Fowler

Rare Hybrid Hawksbill x Green Sea Turtle Released in Florida
SMARTNEWS

Information about Australian Turtles and Tortoises


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