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Loggerhead turtle

Scientific name:  Caretta caretta
Class:  Reptiles
Continent:  Central America and the Caribbean
Habitat:  Océanos y mares
Diet:  Omnívoro
Weight:  80 - 200 kg
Size:  70 - 95 cm
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Meet the Loggerhead turtle!

The Loggerhead turtle spends its life in the sea, both offshore and in shallow coastal waters. Only the females go up to the tropical and subtropical coast to dig nests and spawn. It is a cosmopolitan species, found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, as well as in the MediterraneanSea. For protection, it has the largest hard shell in the world. Both the upper part of the shell and the head range from orange-yellow to reddish brown, while the lower part of its body (the plastron) is pale yellow. The turtle's neck and sides have brown tones on the top, and are yellow on the sides and bottom.

What are its habits?

The Loggerhead turtle breeds about every two to four years. Female sexual maturity occurs between 17 and 33 years of age. It is then that the turtle lays more than a hundred eggs; gestation lasts from 45 to 70 days. Their diet is very varied, including jellyfish, fish and algae. It is a solitary and migratory animal.

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


This species of tortoise is very long-lived. His life expectancy can reach 62 years.

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