Reptiles : Alligators & Crocodiles Snakes & Iguanas Sea Turtles. Pgs 5-77 thru 5-80. Reptile Characteristics. Ecothermic vertebrates Breathe with lungs Skin made of scales (no hair; no feathers) 3 chambered heart Internal fertilization; lay eggs with soft shells
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Reptiles: Alligators & CrocodilesSnakes & IguanasSea Turtles
Pgs 5-77 thru 5-80
Named for it’s abnormally large head.
Avg. adult weight is 275 lbs
Heart shaped carapace
reddish brown on top & creamy yellow underneath
5 lateral scutes
Has two claws on each front flipper
Diet: clams, crabs and other armored animals.
A slower swimmer, it can fall prey to sharks but can travel great distances quickly
Where in FL Can You Find a Loggerhead Sea turtle?
Other Florida Counties
South Florida Counties
Named after their raptor-like jaw
Adults weigh bwtn 100-200lbs & are 30 inches long
Habitat: lagoons, reefs, bays, & estuaries
Atlantic, Pacific, & Indian Oceans
Common in Fl. Keys
Named for Richard M. Kemp
a fisherman who submitted the type specimen from Florida
The rarest and most endangered sea turtle in the world
Avg size is 85-100 lbs
2 to 2.5 feet in carapace length
Diet: crabs & other crustaceans
Captive breeding attempts for this species not a viable option