Loggerhead Turtle

loggerhead turtle

Loggerhead Turtle © Danae Bello

Loggerhead turtles are named for their extremely large heads. An adult Loggerhead turtle can measure between 75 and 100 cm in length and typically weigh up to 160 kg. The Loggerhead turtle reaches adulthood around 30 years of age and they live to between 47 and 67 years old.

The Loggerhead’s powerful jaws allow it to crush the hard shells of crabs, clams, and mussels. They also eat sponges, corals, sea urchins, squid, starfish, jellyfish, and even insects.

Loggerhead turtles can be found worldwide in the temperate and tropical regions of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, as well as in the Mediterranean Sea. They can live in water as cold as 13°C.

Loggerheads nest in few countries in the Indian Ocean, and the Indian Ocean sub-population is listed as Endangered.

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