Green turtle laying eggs

Green turtle laying eggs

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Caption: Green turtle eggs being laid into a nest on a beach. The green turtle (Chelonia mydas) breeds every 2, 3 or 4 years. Females come ashore at night to lay their eggs in holes they dig in the sand. A female may lay up to seven clutches in one season, with each clutch containing between 100- 200 eggs. The eggs hatch in 2 or 3 months, and the hatchlings dig themselves out of the nest and head for the sea. For the males, this is the only time that they are not at sea. Juveniles feed on worms, plants, molluscs and crustaceans, but the adults are completely herbivorous. The green turtle may live for over 50 years. Photographed on Surprise Island, New Caledonia, in the Pacific Ocean.

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