Loggerhead turtle

Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta) Loggerhead Turtle, Caretta caretta.

Caretta caretta

Identification:

A large turtle (shell up to 110 cm) with a broad, triangular head and powerful crushing jaws.  The shell is heart-shaped with five large scales down either side.  Reddish brown.

Distribution:

Found in coastal, tropical and subtropical waters around the world.

Habitat:

Shallow, inshore waters with a soft bottom, rocky and coral reefs.

Food:

Feeds on molluscs, crustaceans, sea urchins and jellyfish.

Breeding:

Lays around 125 small eggs per clutch – nesting occurs in late November to late January. In Queensland, nesting occurs on the Bundaberg coast and on the islands of the southern Great Barrier Reef.

Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta) Loggerhead Turtle, Caretta caretta.
Photograph by Dr Col Limpus.

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