Green turtle eggs

Green turtle eggs

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Green turtle eggs, with mother's flippers seen at top. The green turtle (Chelonia mydas) spends most of its time in the water, but the female returns to shore to lay eggs, usually returning to the beach where she was born. The clutch of 100 to 200 eggs is buried to protect it from predators and regulate its temperature. It takes 40 to 72 days to hatch, depending on location. Hatchlings are most at risk as they crawl to the sea. Green turtles live in warm seas throughout the world. Photographed on New Caledonia, South Pacific.

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Keywords: animal, aquatic, beach, chelonia mydas, egg, eggs, female, flipper, flippers, green turtle, marine, mother, nature, nest, new caledonia, ocean, reproduction, reptile, reptilia, sand, sea, south, southern pacific, testudinidae, wildlife, zoology

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