Loggerhead Sea Turtle


Caretta caretta

  • Size: Their shell can range between 35 inches (90 cm) and 3 feet (1 meter).
  • Weight: They can reach around 154 pounds (70 kg) and more.
  • Habitat: They are found mostly in shallow waters over the continental shelf.
  • Food: Carnivorous. Their menu consists of mainly mollusks and crustaceans. They also feed on giant clams, Queen conchs, and around the Florida area the horseshoe crabs.
  • The Loggerhead Sea Turtle still remains widespread, however due to the rise in coastal development, nesting sites are declining. Also light disturbances may be connected to false crawls (when sea turtles go ashore to nest unsuccessfully). Light disturbances have appeared to cause disorientation in the nesting females and their hatchlings. They are also threatened by incidental capture in trawls and local exploitation. In the United States alone an estimated 6,000 to 15,000 nest between the late spring and summer with around 100 to 125 eggs in a clutch. They nest four to five times a season.
References: Groombridge, B. 1982. The IUCN Amphibia Reptilia Red Data Book:
Testudines, Crocodylia, Rhynchocephalia. IUCN, Switzerland