|GENUS||SPECIES||COMMON NAME||CARAPACE PATTERN|
|Chelonia||agassizii||black or Pacific green||
Green Turtles- grow to be about 31-44 inches and 150-410 pounds. The largest ever caught was 5 feet and 871 pounds. This turtle gets it's name from the color of it's body fat. They have one pair of scales in front of their eyes unlike other sea turtles, who have two.
Black Turtles- grow to be about 23-46 inches and 93-278 pounds. They get their name from their very dark colored shells, but are really green turtles.
Kemp's Ridley and Olive Ridley Turtles- are the smallest species and grow to be about 22-30 inches and 66-110 pounds. These are the most endangered of all turtles. The color or their carapace is olive green.
|Kemp's Ridley||Olive Ridley|
Loggerhead Turtles- grow to be about 32-41 inches and 146-223 pounds. Receives it's name from it's exceptionally large head. They have a reddish-brown carapace and a dull brown to yellow plastron(lower shell).
Hawksbill Turtles- grow to be about 21-45 inches and 60-190 pounds. They have narrow heads and jaws shaped like beaks.
Flatback Turtles- grow to be about 32-38 inches and 132-185 pounds.
Leatherback Turtles- are the largest of all living sea turtles and grow to be about 4-6 feet and 441-1,116 pounds. The largest ever recorded was 10 feet and 2,019 pounds. They lack a hard shell. They are named for their large, elongated shell composed of thin, tough, rubbery skin, strengthened by many tiny bone plates. Seven ridges run along the carapace, which is typically black with white spots. The plastron(lower shell) is whitish to black and has 5 ridges. Their body is barrel shaped with a blunt point at the rear.
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