Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

Lepidochelys Olivacea

  • Size: The carapace can range between 22 to 30 inches (55 to 75 cm)
  • Weight: Average nesting females can weigh around 77 pounds (35 kg)
  • Habitat: Mainly found foraging in shallow tropical waters over the continental shelf
  • Food: Their menu consists primarily of crabs and shrimp. However there have been sessile and pelagic tunicates, jellyfish, and fish eggs found in their diet also.
  • The Olive Ridley sea turtle has been spotted in the tropical regions of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans. They are still considered to be widespread although the nesting sites are being depleted by the rise of human development on coastal properties. The main threats are of the commercial harvest of adults, incidental catch in shrimp trawls, and the harvesting of their eggs. Females can lay between 105 and 115 eggs in each clutch.
References: Groombridge, B. 1982. The IUCN Amphibia Reptilia Red Data Book:
Testudines, Crocodylia, Rhynchocephalia. IUCN, Switzerland
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