The Cheloniidae, or scute-shelled sea turtles, are a group of seven species with life spans ranging up to 75 years in captivity. Leatherbacks, which have shells covered in tough skin rather than scutes, live at least to ... More » Pets & Animals Reptiles Turtles

Green sea turtles are the only sea turtles that are herbivorous in adulthood. Young green sea turtles are mainly carnivorous and eat invertebrates such as sponges, jellyfish and crabs. However, they gradually shift to an... More »

Sea turtles can only protect themselves by trying to stay out of harm's way because unlike other types of turtles, they cannot retract their head or their legs back in to their shell. The sea turtle's shell is strong and... More »

The diet of sea turtles varies by species and size. Some are generalists that consume fish, jellyfish and crustaceans, while others feed exclusively on a single prey, such as sponges. While adult sea turtles are only vul... More »

The average lifespan of sea turtles is about 80 years. Sea turtles outlive most research projects, so it is difficult to determine the average lifespan of these creatures. More » Pets & Animals Reptiles Turtles

Green sea turtles have habitats on land for nesting and habitats in shallow and open water areas of the ocean. Female green turtles use beaches to nest. Because sea turtles are an endangered species, part of some beaches... More »

There are several species of sea turtles, and the diets of these animals vary. Carnivorous sea turtles eat meat, while herbivorous sea turtles are plant eaters. Sea turtles that are omnivores eat both types of foods. More »