Full name: Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758)
Sea turtle


Large size sea turtle. The shell is not as bend as the shell of Caretta caretta and it has a hard like shape. The bent size of the shell is reaching 110cm in length and 100cm in width. The carapace has four lateral plates and 11 peripheral plates in each site. The carapace color is dark brown green while the plastron is beige to yellow.


She lives in open seas and oceans but can be also found in shallow water of reefs. She prefers the areas with relatively warm waters.


Herbivorous species that feeds exclusively on algae and other sea plants. Young individuals can also eat mollusk, cephalopods and other small sea animals.


Reproduction takes place in sea. They deposit their eggs from late spring and throughout summer. Females are able to oviposit maximum five times in a year (usually three), depositing around 120 eggs at each time (20-200 eggs). The eggs are laid in pit that the females open in the sand. Incubation last for 50 days.


Distribution in Cyprus:
Green turtles can be found in several beaches of the island with sand that are proper for nesting.


Distribution worldwide:
Cosmopolitan species that can be found in all the oceans of the globe.

Special protection:
Priority species.
Strictly protected by European directive 92/43/EC
Strictly protected by national law 153(I)2003
Declared as “Endangered” by IUCN

About Us



Herpetological Society of Cyprus (HSC) was established in 1990 with the aim of promoting, studying and conserving Cyprus’ herpetofauna. As part of its work, HSC fulfill presentations, educational seminars, studies and researches, along with other activities that relates with informing and educating the public about reptiles Cyprus.

Contact Details
           Address:   Herpetological Society,
                            P.O box 61435,
                            Paphos, Cyprus
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