Evolution of the Sea Turtle

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Evolution of the sea turtle Sea turtles are amazing reptilian animals. They are so amazing because they carry their entire homes around on its back in a hard, protective shell called a carapace. A few turtles live a long time, some reaching 100 years. My name is Sir Charles Darwin Junior and in this essay I will be writing about the evolution of the turtle. The appearance of the sea turtle is that it has a somewhat flattened body. Also, it has a beaked head and the end of a short neck, their arms act as flippers, showing they are well adapted for swimming, however, are very vulnerable and awkward on land. Sea turtles have a large, streamlined shell. The average weight of mature sea turtles 150-420 lbs (68-190 kg), they no not differ between male and female. The average length of the carapace is 78-112 cm. the largest known sea turtle weighed 870 lbs (395 kg) and its carapace measured 153cm. male. Male and female sea turtles do not appear different on the outside until they reach maturity. Adult males have longer and thicker tails than females due to the fact that the male reproductive organ is located in the base of the tail. Green sea turtle - named from the green colour of the fat under its shell. Scientific Name: Chelonia mydas Sea turtles live on coastlines, islands, bays, protected shores, these are their main habitats. It is rare to see a sea turtle in the open ocean. Sea turtles prefer living in temperate and tropical waters and climate change is the cause for many sea turtle deaths. The diet of the green sea turtle changes throughout its life. They are carnivores during the early stages of their lives but become herbivores once they mature. When the sea turtle is young they will eat worms, crustaceans, aquatic insects, grasses and algae as their main diet. When their jaws have finally grown, they can

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