Backyard Buddies
Green Turtle

Photo: Jonas Chumber

Green Turtle

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The Green Turtle is the largest of the 6 marine turtle species living in Australian waters.

They are found in coastal waters, seagrass, oceans and coral reefs and Australia is one of the few remaining large nesting sites.


Green Turtles spend their entire life at sea, except for nesting females, which return to the beach to lay their eggs – the same area where they were born.

All marine turtles grow slowly and take at least 30 years to reach maturity.

Adult Green Turtles are herbivores but the young will also eat crabs and jellyfish.

The Green Turtle is named for the colour of its body, not its shell. It has a small head and very strong front flippers.

You can make your neighbourhood friendlier for Green Turtles.

Although Green Turtles don’t visit our backyards, they need our help to keep their habitat clean and healthy.

All marine turtle species are experiencing threats like pollution which impacts on their habitats.

We can all do our part in minimising the damage to our oceans and waterways.

Simple things that you do can make a huge difference to Australia’s animals. That’s why the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife is running Backyard Buddies — to give you tips to help.

What is a backyard buddy?

Backyard buddies are the native animals that share our built-up areas, our beaches and waterways, our backyards and our parks. The fur seal is a backyard buddy.

Backyard buddies are also the local people who value the living things around them and are willing to protect and encourage them by doing a few simple things around their own homes.

So you can be a backyard buddy.

Be a backyard buddy

It’s easy. All you have to do is care... and take a few simple steps.

Step one is to find out what Green Turtles do and do not like.

Green Turtles love:

But they don’t like: 

Be a buddy to the Green Turtle

Try to: 


Don’t be surprised if:

Did you know:

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