Green Turtle Nesting in Florida
Green turtle nesting in Florida occurs primarily from June through late September. Every two to three years, a female will return to the nesting beach—often the same one she visited before—and lay an average of 3.6 clutches in a season (Witherington et al., 2006). A clutch averages about 128 eggs (Brost et al., 2015). The green turtle's name derives not from the color of its shell—olive-brown with dark streaks and spots—but from the greenish color of its body fat. On average, these sea turtles weigh 300 - 350 pounds and have a shell length of 3 feet.
Although nesting activity has been recorded in almost every coastal county in Florida, most green turtle nesting is concentrated along the southeast coast of Florida. To view green turtle nest density by beach, see the Statewide Atlas of Sea Turtle Nesting Occurrence and Density.
Brost, B., B. Witherington, A. Meylan, E. Leone, L. Ehrhart, and D. Bagley. 2015. Sea turtle hatchling production from Florida (USA) beaches, 2002-2012, with recommendations for analyzing hatching success. Endangered Species Research 27:53-68.
Witherington, B., M. Bresette, and R. Herren. 2006. Chelonia mydas — Green Turtle. In: Biology and Conservation of Florida Turtles, P.A. Meylan, Ed. Chelonian Research Monographs 3:90-104.