An adult green sea turtle can weigh as much as 300 to 350 pounds, and the leatherback sea turtle can grow up to 1,500 pounds. Green sea turtles are huge animals that can grow as large as 3 to 4 feet in length, while leatherback sea turtles can grow to over 7 feet long.Know More
Sea turtles are rarely found on land, but the females make their way on land to lay their eggs on warm beaches during nesting season.
Both species of sea turtles are considered endangered. While the green variety makes its home in the southeastern part of the United States, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the Virgin Islands, leatherback turtle populations take residence in worldwide bodies of water.Learn more about Turtles
As of 2014, the oldest sea turtle is said to be 400 years old. It is in captivity in the Guangzhou Aquarium in China and weighs 300 kilograms. It is not possible, however, to determine the age of the oldest sea turtle in the wild.Full Answer >
A sea turtle's lifespan ranges from 80 to 100 years. It is difficult to determine the exact age of a sea turtle from physical appearance. Biologists derive age estimates from the maturity and reproductive status of the turtle.Full Answer >
While adult sea turtles have few natural predators, large sharks, such as the tiger shark, have been known to eat sea turtles. Killer whales have also been known to prey on sea turtles. Baby sea turtles are preyed upon by fish, dogs, raccoons, seabirds and crabs, and more than 90 percent of baby sea turtles are eaten by predators.Full Answer >
Sea turtles are agile swimmers that move through the water using four flippers that function like rowing oars. On land, female sea turtles use their flippers to pull themselves across beach sand and dirt to dig nests for their eggs.Full Answer >