Turtles of the Oaxacan Coast                                               

                            Tortugas de la Costa de Oaxaca 

Source: Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga

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Reptiles

Green Turtle  Tortuga Verde

(Chelonia Mydas)

Sea turtle, 3 to 4 feet long, weighing 100 to 200 pounds, vegetarian. Although an endangered species, they are found in relatively large numbers.

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Hawksbill Turtle

Tortuga Carey

(Eretmochelys Imbricata)

Sea turtle, 3 to 4 feet long, weighing 30 to 100 pounds, usually brown with shingle-like overlapping scales, omnivorous.

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      Leatherback      

Tortuga Laud,

Machincuepo

(Dermochelys Coriacea)

Sea turtle, 7 to 8 feet long, weighing almost a ton, world's largest turtle. The shell is smooth with several lengthwise ridges. Rarely seen.

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Olive Ridley

Golfina

(Lepidochelys Olivacea)

The smallest and most abundant of the sea turtles, 2 to 2.5 feet long. In the reproductive season they arrive in large numbers for nesting; this event is called arribadas.

Birds * Aves