Olive Turtle

Olive tortoise: risk of extinction


Also known as the Common Turtle and Little Turtle, it is a species of small sea turtle. Its popular name is due to the olive green color of its shell.

Characteristics and general data of the olive turtle:

Scientific name: lepidochelys olivacea

Size: between 60 cm and 70 cm (adult animal)

Weight: between 60kg and 70kg (adult animal)

Habitat: live on the high seas, and females seek sand for spawning. They are present in the region between the south and southeast coast of Brazil, as well as between the coast of Bahia and Espírito Santo. They are also present in other regions of the planet, such as the west coast of Mexico, the northeastern coast of South America, the midwest coast of Africa, the Australian coast and the southeast coast of India.

- Food: mollusks, fish, crustaceans and aquatic plants.

- Risk of extinction: species considered vulnerable. Among the main causes of this risk we can mention: sand removal in spawning areas, accidental capture by fishing vessels, collision with boats, illegal capture for illegal trade and ingestion of objects thrown overboard (marine litter).

- Reproduction: The incubation period is about 42 days. The female lays between 70 and 80 eggs, which are buried in the sand (about 40 cm deep).

Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Animalia

Philo: Chordata

Class: Reptilia

Order: Testudines

Family: Cheloniidae

Genre: Lepidochelys

Species: L. olivacea