|Featured Fauna: Green Turtle|
This turtle is brown all over, grows to about 125 centimeters and often weighs some 230 kilograms. It is the only sea turtle that lives on plants. The fat inside this turtle’s body is green from vegetation it eats, hence the name.
Distribution:Mostly widely distributed species in the country with Turtle Island, Tawi-tawi as a major nesting ground (>1,000 nestings recorded annually). All sub-tropical seas.
Diet:Their serrated upper jaw effectively scrapes filamentous algae off hard bottoms, and shears leafy seaweeds and seagrasses. Green turtles have an active gut flora to assist them in breaking down otherwise undigestible vegetative matter.
Appendix I in CITES; Endangered in IUCN
Endangered in the Philippine List of Threatened Wildlife Species (DENR DAO 2004-15)