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Loggerhead Turtle

Loggerhead turtles are the most common sea turtles inhabiting throughout the world. The species are marine reptiles spending most of their lives in saltwater and estuarine habitats. The females come ashore for a brief period to lay eggs.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Subclass Anapsida
    Order Testudines
    Superfamily Chelonioidea
    Family Cheloniidae
    Genus Caretta
    Scientific Name Caretta caretta


    Other Names Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Loggerhead
    Size Around 90 cm; largest recorded specimen is 280 cm
    Weight Around 135 kg; largest specimens weigh more than 450 kg
    Color Yellow to brown skin color with reddish-brown shell
    Distribution Southeastern coast of North America, the Gulf of Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Cape Verde Islands,  Arabian Peninsula, Arabian Sea, coastlines of Africa, Western Australia, Baja California Peninsula, East China Sea,  Mediterranean Sea, Alboran Sea, Adriatic Sea, Eastern Australia, Japan
    Habitat Open ocean, shallow coastal waters
    Diet Gastropods, bivalves, decapods, sponges, corals, polychaete worms, sea anemones, sea pens, cephalopods, brachiopods, isopods, barnacles, insects, bryozoans, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, starfish, sand dollars, fish (eggs, juveniles, and adults), hatchling turtles (including its own species), algae, vascular plants
    Hibernation Fact Hibernates to some extent
    Predators Eggs and hatchlings fall prey to crabs, snakes, gulls, opossums, corvids, bears, rats,  mustelids, skunks, canids, armadillos, procyonids, cats, pigs, toads, lizards, seabirds, parrotfish, moray eels; adults are preyed upon by large sharks, seals, killer whales
    Breeding Season End of March to early June in Northern Hemisphere
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Around 112.4 eggs
    Incubation Period 53 to 68 days
    Reproductive Age 17 to 33 years of age
    Average Lifespan 47 to 67 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on October 27th 2016 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 13th August 2018.

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