and Body Mass
Green Sea Turtle
Size (cm) and body mass (kg): N.B. All figures are from FAO
(Food and Agriculture Organisation)
unless otherwise stated.
for females were assumed to be obtained during nesting.
SCL = Straight Carapace Length
CCL = Curved Carapace Length
Min. and Max. recorded sizes for adults:
Min: (at maturity) 78 cm (SCL) Solomons.
Max: 139.5 cm (CCL) Ascension Island.
n.b. CCL gives a figure which is approximately 3-4 cms longer
World variation: (mean) figures, unless stated, are for mature
Surinam 112cm Pritchard (1979)
Ascension Island 108cm Carr and Hirth (1962)
Guyana 107cm Pritchard (1979)
Aldabra 103cm Frazier (1971)
Florida 101cm Ehrhart (1979)
Costa Rica 100cm Carr and Hirth (1962)
Yemmen 96cm Hirth (1971)
Sarawak 95cm Hendrickson (1958)
Turkey(Cukurova) 90cm Geldiay & Koray (1982)
Turke (Mersin) 95cm Baran,Durmas & Atatur (1988)
N.Cyprus 92cm Broderick & Godley (1992-95)
Yemen 71-104 cm (FAO) for males,
which are generally smaller
Most figures taken from a paper by LM Ehrhart (1984).
body mass in Kg:
This varies considerably according to size, age and native
population. In general the mass of a mature turtle ranges
from 90 Kg to over 180 Kg
Australia 186 kg FAO
Solomons 89.9 kg FAO
Surinam 235 kg FAO
West Indies 395 kg FAO Claim from the 1960's !
(CCL - 150 cms)
West Indies figures are unconfirmed and unsexed