of the skeleton
Sea turtle skulls vary depending
upon their diet and way of life although they all have the same basic
bone pattern. The skull is made up of fused (joined) bones and its function
is to house and protect the brain and sensory organs, and to allow for
breathing and eating. All sea turtles are toothless although the Green
turtle (Chelonia mydas), has a jagged or serrated
jaw due to a horny beak covering.
|Click on the skull photographs
for a full scale view.