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Threatened species

Green Turtle - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Chelonia mydas
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 20 Feb 2019


A large sea-turtle that grows up to 1 m in length. Its heart-shaped shell is olive-green, brown and black, and the scales on the side of the face and limbs have distinctive pale edges.


Widely distributed in tropical and sub-tropical seas.Usually found in tropical waters around Australia but also occurs in coastal waters of NSW, where it is generally seen on the north or central coast, with occasional records from the south coast.

Habitat and ecology

  • Ocean-dwelling species spending most of its life at sea.
  • Carnivorous when young but as adults they feed only on marine plant material.
  • Eggs laid in holes dug in beaches throughout their range.
  • Scattered nesting records along the NSW coast.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
OceanBatemans Shelf Known None
OceanHawkesbury Shelf Known None
OceanManning Shelf Known None
OceanSouth Pacific Ocean Known None
OceanTweed-Moreton Known None
OceanTwofold Shelf Known None
Ocean - Other StateNorthern Australian Coastal Waters Known None