Sea Turtles

This passage is about sea turtles and how they live.

Lexile Level: 750L

Categories: Animals & Nature


Despite their name, sea turtles start their lives on land. Sea turtles are air-breathing reptiles. They rarely leave the sea. Female sea turtles go to beaches to lay their eggs. After they lay their eggs, the female turtles go back out to the sea. When the baby turtles hatch, they have to make it to the ocean without any help. This is a dangerous time for the young turtles. They must find the water without being eaten by a bigger animal. The sea turtle starts life small, but it may grow to be very big. One kind of sea turtle might weigh as much as 1300 pounds when it is grown. With their large flippers, the sea turtles move much easier in the water than on land. It is not surprising that they almost never leave the ocean.


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