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                                TURTLE SPECIES IN LEBANON
The Green Turtle, or Chelonia mydas, lives for 60 to 100 years. It can grow to 1.60 metres long and one metre wide, weighing at least 360 kg It is vegetarian feeding on seagrass.
Green Turtle Female Green Turtle
The Loggerhead Turtle, or Caretta Ccaretta, has a larger head than the Green Turtle, but its body is smaller at little more than a metre long. It can weigh around 160 kg. Loggerheads use their powerful beaks to break the shells of crustaceans, molluscs and urchins. They also eat fish, algae and seaweed.
Loggerhead Female Loggerhead
Caretta caretta
Both species nest on the Mansouri and Kolaila beach.

Sea turtles take 20 to 30 years to mature and to be ready to lay eggs. Even if information about sea turtle life span, it is thought that they leave up to 70-80 years. Females return to the same beach to nest, which they do up to two to four times a season every two or three years. Nests typically contain on average 100 soft-shelled eggs. The sex of the hatchlings depends on the sand temperature during incubation. Around one hatchling per 1,000 reaches adult age.

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