Sea Turtles and Sea Snakes

There are seven species of sea turtles, and all are severely endangered or threatened due to destruction of nesting habitat, overharvesting of both eggs and adults, and marine pollution; many are also drowned in shrimp trawling nets. The largest sea turtle, the Leatherback, may reach a length of over seven feet and weigh as much as 1500 pounds. Female sea turtles come ashore only to lay their eggs, often completing a journey of a thousand miles or more, in order to return to the same beach where they were born.

There are approximately fifty species of venomous sea snakes found in tropical Indo-Pacific waters. Most give birth at sea to live young and have been placed in the Family Hydrophiidae or "true sea snakes". A few species come ashore to lay eggs (Family Laticaudidae, or "sea kraits").

Hawksbill Turtle
Indonesia
Green Turtle
Seychelles
Green Turtle
Galapagos
Hawksbill Turtle
Dominica
Hawksbill Turtle
Cayman Islands
Hawksbill Turtle
Papua New Guinea
Green Turtle
Seychelles
Loggerhead Turtle
Bahamas
Green Turtle
Papua New Guinea
Hawksbill Turtle
Red Sea
Hawksbill Turtle
Papua New Guinea
Green Turtle,
Malaysia
Green Turtle
Galapagos
Green Turtle
Malaysia
Hawksbill Turtle
Seychelles
Hawksbill Turtle,
New Guinea
Giant Tortoise
Galapagos
Hawksbill Turtle
Mexico
Sea Snake,
Indonesia
Sea Snake,
Indonesia
Sea Snake,
Indonesia
Sea Snake,
Indonesia
Sea Snake,
Philippines
Sea Snake,
Indonesia

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