Green Sea Turtle -Chelonia mydas

Green Sea Turtle

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.

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Subspecies:No subspecies recognized.


Similar Species:

Species Range:

Louisiana Range:Coastal Parishes.


Natural History:

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Global Conservation Status: Green Sea Turtles arelisted asEndangeredby the IUCN Red List.Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G3 (Vulnerable).

Federal Conservation Status: The Green Sea Turtleis a federally threatened species.

Louisiana Conservation Status: Green Sea Turtles have a ranking of S1N (nonbreeding population; critically imperiled because of extreme rarity – 5 or fewer known extant populations). Additionally, Loggerhead Sea Turtles have a State Protection Status of‘threatened’,meaningtaking or harassment of this species is a violation of state andfederal laws.

Author's Remarks:I have never observed this species in the wild.

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