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 Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)




Loggerhead Sea Turtle | Caretta caretta photo
A Loggerhead Sea Turtle at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia.

Photograph by Mike Gonzalez (TheCoffee). Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Loggerhead Sea Turtle | Caretta caretta photo
Loggerhead Sea Turtle - close up of head

Photograph by US National Park Service. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE FACTS

Description
The Loggerhead Turtle has a large head. The body is reddish brown or brown. They have flippers with a claw on the front flippers. The shell is armoured with strong horny plates called scutes.

Environment
lives in the ocean. The female comes ashore only to lay eggs

Food
molluscs, crustaceans, sea urchins, jellyfish

Breeding
the female can lay over 100 eggs. She comes ashore onto the beach, digs a hole in the sand to lay the eggs, then covers them with sand using her flippers. Hatchlings make their own way to the water. Only a few of the young make it to the ocean - monitors and wild pigs dig up the nests and eat the eggs, and gulls and crabs catch the young turtles as they make their way to the water.

Range
The Loggerhead is found in tropical warm temperate waters of the world. In Australia it is most common along the Great Barrier Reef, but is also sometimes found around other parts of the coast except the south west.

Conservation Status
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "endangered".

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Testudines
Family:Chelonidae
Genus:Caretta
Species:caretta
Common Name:Loggerhead Sea Turtle