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North American Reptiles - Sea-Turtles



Leatherback Sea Turtle
(Dermochelys coriacea)
Leatherback Sea Turtle
The Leatherback Sea Turtle is endangered. Plastic bags in its ocean environment have contributed to many deaths as it mistakes them for jellyfish - its main food. It is a large turtle with streamlined leathery carapace (shell). The body is more... Read more >
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
(Caretta caretta)
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
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. Read more >
Green Turtle
(Chelonia mydas)
Green Turtle
The Green Turtle has a small head and strong paddle-shaped front flippers. It gets its name from the colour of its fat rather than the colour of its shell. Males are larger than females with longer tail extending well beyond the shell. The carapace... Read more >
Hawksbill
(Eretmochelys imbricata)
Hawksbill
The Hawksbill Turtle is critically endangered as it has been hunted for food, also for its attractive shell scales which are made into tortoiseshell ornaments and jewelry. The turtle is green or brown with reddish brown to black markings. The upper... Read more >
Atlantic Ridley Sea Turtle
(Lepidochelys kempii)
Atlantic Ridley Sea Turtle
The Atlantic Ridley is the smallest sea turtle. The head has a beak shaped snout. Adult turtles have a grey-green carapace. and yellow-green or white plastron (underside). The hatchlings dark gray-black. Read more >
OliveRidley Sea Turtle
(Lepidochelys olivacea)
OliveRidley Sea Turtle
The Olive Ridley Sea Turtle is a lightly-built turtle with a large head and a high-domed shell. The carapace is a dark olive green with a yellowish underside. The tail of the extends past the carapace while the female tail does not. The shell is... Read more >