Green Sea Turtle Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758)G3 (Globally rare/local)  -  Threatened (Federal)  -  Threatened (MD)  -  S1N (State rare non-breeder)    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Reptilia   >   Order Testudines   >   Family Cheloniidae   >   Genus Chelonia   


Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) nests in the tropics, but occurs uncommonly as a transient in Maryland, primarily in shallow bays or estuaries in coastal Worcester Co. Most sightings appear to be of juveniles in areas with seagrass beds. This federally threatened turtle is ranked as S1 (highly state rare) in Maryland, and is considered state-threatened.

There are 4 records in the project database.

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A Green Sea Turtle off of Maui, Hawaii (10/13/2010). Green Sea Turtles are uncommon visitors to the coastal areas of Maryland during the summer months. No nesting occurs in Maryland. Photo by NOAA Photo Library. (MBP list)

A Green Sea Turtle off the coast of Saipan (4/21/2011). Photo by NOAA Photo Library. (MBP list)

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