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Green Turtle Introduction The Green Turtle Chelonia mydas is one of the many species of turtles that inhabits the vast oceans The green turtle is named for the greenish color of its fat found under its shell It is a large heavy reptile usually about 07-10 m in shell length and about 90-140 kg in weight The maximum length and weight are about 12 m and 375 kg respectively 1 The green turtles upper shell is smooth and wide the animal is brown but when the light from the sun hits it the green color from the fat is visible The green turtle is found in warm coastal waters around the world 2 Sea turtles in adaptation to an aquatic life have limbs modified into flippers for efficient swimming It feeds mainly on marine grasses Most female sea turtles leave the water only when it is breeding season because the female needs to dig a nest on the land and deposit her eggs But an unusual characteristic of the green turtle is that it will often emerge onto land to enjoy the sun 2 The green turtle is classified as follows Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chrodata Subphylum Vertebrata Class Reptilia Order Testudines Family Chelydra Genes Chelonia Species mydas 3 And 4 In this paper the classification and origin of the green turtle will be discussed further Their diet mating habits offspring senses and their economic value will also be discussed Classification and Origin There are four characteristics that have played a role in discussion of the relationship and classification of turtles The characteristics include the dermal armor the acromion process on the scapula the astragalus-calcaneum complex and the hooked fifth metatarsal 1 The dermal armor shell is the interlocking osteoderms that are found lying above the vertebral column and the ribs The acromion process in the turtle is an extension medioventrally on the scapula 1 This unique characteristic allows for different
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