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Two Headed Green Turtle

  • 19 Jul 2019
  • 1 min read

Turtles right head controls the front right flipper, whereas left head controls the front left flipper and both heads are capable of coordinating their movements in order to walk and swim.

Green Turtle

  • Physical appearance: Green turtles are named after the greenish colour of their cartilage and the fat deposits around their internal organs.
    • They are black-brown or greenish yellow in colour.
  • Distribution: Green turtles are widely distributed in tropical and subtropical waters.
  • Threats: Green turtles are particularly sought for their meat
    • Habitat loss and degradation
    • Wildlife trade
    • Collection of eggs and meat for consumption
    • Incidental capture (bycatch)
    • Climate change
    • Pollution
  • Importance
    • Marine turtles fulfill important roles in marine ecosystems.
    • Green turtles play a significant, symbolic role in traditional Indonesian hindu rituals and ceremonies.
  • Conservation Status
    • It is listed as endangered species in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list.
    • Green turtles are also included in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) appendix 1.
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