Green turtle hatchling

Green turtle hatchling

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Caption: Green turtle hatchling (Chelonia mydas) on a beach. The turtle is a wholly aquatic reptile, with the females only coming ashore to lay their eggs. Between 100 and 200 eggs are laid in a pit dug in the sand with the turtle's flippers. The eggs hatch about 2 months later. The green turtle grows to lengths of up to 150 centimetres. It is found in tropical waters worldwide, feeding on grasses and algae. The loss of nesting beaches, due to development, and the effects of hunting and pollution have endangered the green turtle. Photographed in Pulau Selingan, Sabah, Malaysia.

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Keywords: animal, aquatic, beach, biological, biology, chelonia mydas, endangered, fauna, green turtle, hatchling, malaysia, nature, offspring, one, pulau selingan, reptile, reptilia, sabah, single, threatened, turtle, wildlife, young, zoological, zoology

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