Interesting facts about sea turtles

August 25, 2009 | In: Animal facts for kids

There are 7 species, of sea turtles: flatback, green, hawksbill, Kemp’s Ridley, Leatherback, Loggerhead, Olive Ridley.

Turtles are one of the most primitive groups of reptiles.

A female Sea Turtle can lay up to 200 eggs at once.

The Leatherback’s staple food is the jelly fish. They feed on a variety of crabs, jellyfish, sea-lice, and mollusks.

The only time sea turtles leave the sea is when females haul out to lay eggs.

Green sea turtles can stay under water for as long as five hours.

Sea turtles can live up to 80 years. Sea turtles mature at around age 30.

In 1991, an estimated 610,000 Olive Ridley turtles nested in a single week on a beach in India.

Turtles have been on earth for more than 200 million years and turtles can live one year without eating any food.

The largest sea turtle every found was close to 1,500 pounds and 28 inches long.

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1 Response to Interesting facts about sea turtles



July 27th, 2010 at 5:51 am

The alligator snapping turtle catches fish by using a small, worm-shaped growth at the base of its mouth as a lure!

An alligator snapper will sit at the bottom of a lake with its mouth open and its “worm” wriggling, waiting for small fish to be attracted to the lure. When a fish gets too close, the turtle grabs it with its powerful jaws.

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