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Sea Turtle fact sheets

Sea Turtle fact sheets

Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta caretta)

May 22, 2017

Loggerheads were named for their relatively large heads, which support powerful jaws and enable them to feed on hard-shelled prey, such as whelks and conch. The top shell (carapace) is slightly heart-shaped and reddish-brown in […]

Leatherback Turtles (Dermochelys coriacea)

May 22, 2017

The leatherback is the largest turtle–and one of the largest living reptiles–in the world. The leatherback is the only sea turtle that doesn’t have a hard bony shell. A leatherback’s top shell (carapace) is about […]

Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

May 22, 2017

The hawksbill turtle is small to medium-sized compared to other sea turtle species. Their head is elongated and tapers to a point, with a beak-like mouth that gives the species its name. The shape of […]

Kemp’s Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys kempii)

May 22, 2017

Adult Kemp’s ridleys are considered the smallest marine turtle in the world. Their top shell (carapace) is often as wide as it is long and contains 5 pairs of costal “scutes”. Each of the front flippers […]

Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

May 22, 2017

Green turtles are the largest of all the hard-shelled sea turtles, but have a comparatively small head. Adult green turtles are unique among sea turtles in that they eat only plants; they are herbivorous, feeding […]

Flatback Turtle (Natator depressus)

May 22, 2017

Of the seven species of sea turtles, the flatback turtle has the smallest distribution range, habitat size, and population numbers. It is also the only sea turtle that is not found within United States waters. […]

Olive Ridley Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea)

May 22, 2017

The olive ridley is considered the most abundant sea turtle in the world, with an estimated 800,000 nesting females annually. The olive ridley gets its name from the olive coloration of its heart-shaped top shell […]