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Loggerhead turtle

Caretta Carette

Description:

e loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), or loggerhead, is an oceanic turtle distributed throughout the world. It is a marine reptile, belonging to the family Cheloniidae. The average loggerhead measures around 90 cm (35 in) long when fully grown, although larger specimens of up to 270 cm (110 in) have been discovered. The adult loggerhead sea turtle weighs approximately 135 kilograms (300 lb), with the largest specimens weighing in at more than 454 kilograms (1,000 lb). The skin ranges from yellow to brown in color, and the shell is typically reddish-brown.

Habitat:

The loggerhead sea turtle is found in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans as well as the Mediterranean Sea. It spends most of its life in saltwater and estuarine habitats, with females briefly coming ashore to lay eggs. The loggerhead sea turtle has a low reproductive rate; females lay an average of four egg clutches and then become quiescent, producing no eggs for two to three years. The loggerhead reaches sexual maturity within 17–33 years and has a lifespan of 47–67 years.

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3 Comments

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Great spotting!

MelanieAustralia
MelanieAustralia 9 years ago

U r welcome NeilD

NeilDazet
NeilDazet 9 years ago

Thank you for this contribution to Project Noah!

MelanieAustralia
Spotted by
MelanieAustralia

Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Jan 25, 2011
Submitted on Jun 17, 2012

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