Green Sea Turtles (Scientific name: Chelonia mydas) (10/10)

The final entry in our list of endangered species is another one from subcontinent’s lost treasures. Their diet changes at different stages of their lives, and they can live up to eighty years or longer. This reptile is different from its brothers in the way that it is the only sea turtle that is strictly herbivorous as an adult – meaning they only eat grass and algae; even though younger Green Sea turtles do have a taste for worms, aquatic insects, and young crustaceans. They may stay close to the coastlines, on and around islands, and in protected shores. In Pakistan, they can be seen in beach areas of Sindh and Balochistan. This dazzling species is endangered from practices like killing and illegal collection, as well as water pollution. The greatest threat to them, however, comes from commercial harvest for food and eggs. According to some estimates, less than 90,000 nesting female Green Sea Turtles are left in the whole world.

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