Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Common Name:

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Scientific Name:

Caretta Caretta

Conservation Status:

Endangered

 

Description:

Loggerheads are named for the large head and strong jaw which allows them to easily crush seas urchins and crabs for food. Loggerhead turtles are dark brown and cream/yellow with specks of a darker brown. Their green/brown shell is smooth and an elongated heart shape, and is a mottled greeny brown shade. It’s head and body can grow up to 1.5m, which makes it one of the biggest sea turtles, and can weigh around 160kg. Their front flippers are short and thick with 2 claws, while the rear flippers can have 2 or 3 claws.

 

Class:

Reptile

Order:

Testudines

Family:

Cheloniidae

 

Diet:

Loggerhead turtles are carnivorous, so they feed mostly on shellfish, crabs, sea urchins and jellyfish.

 

Habitat:

The Loggerhead turtle can be found worldwide in coastal tropical and subtropical waters. In the warm temperate waters around the coasts of Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia and New South Wales, loggerheads are located in coral reefs, bays, and estuaries in warm temperate waters.

 

Breeding:

There are two main breeding spots in Australia. The easterly Australian loggerhead turtles nest in the Great Barrier Reef and adjacent mainland coastal areas. Major nesting areas for the Western Australian population include the Muiron Islands, Ningaloo Coast, and islands near Shark Bay, including Dirk Hartog Island.

Mating starts at about late October, reaching a peak in December. They finish nesting in February to early March.

 

Life Span:

Sexual Maturity can be as late as 37 years, and they usually live for 50 or sometimes more.

 

Interesting Fact:

Loggerhead turtles can hold their breath for 4-7 HOURS!

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