Loggerhead Sea Turtle Carettacaretta By: Taylor Conwell
Physical Appearance • Weight: 170-350 pounds • Length: 31-45 inches • Reddish brown coloration
Habitat WATER BEACHES coastal areas Loggerhead Sea Turtles are found in every ocean in the world. Estuaries
Population • between 47,000 and 90,000 nests each year over the past two decade • It is difficult to find population numbers for sea turtles because male and juvenile sea turtles do not return to shore once they hatch and reach the ocean, which makes it hard to keep track of them.
Diet - Carnivore • Welks • Conches • Jellyfish • Sponges • Sea urchins
Reproduction - Nesting • 2-4 years apart • 3-6 nests per season • Approximately 12-14 days apart • Average of 100-126 eggs per nest • Eggs incubate for about 60 days
Threatened since… …July 28, 1978. • United States Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species List • The Loggerhead is endangered due to over-hunting and habitat destruction.
Threats • Incidental capture in fishing gear, primarily in longlines and gillnets • Trawls, traps, pots, and dredges • Directed harvest
Conservation Efforts • Loggerhead Sea turtle nest roped off as part of the Sea Turtle Protection Project on Hilton Head Island
Predators • Horned Ghost Crab • Snakes • Bears • Red fox • Killer whales • Rats • Armadillos • Cats
Interesting Facts! • The loggerhead is the only living species in the genus Caretta. • Lifespan is estimated to be 50 years or more. • Loggerhead sea turtles aren’t known for being social creatures, however they do travel in a pack.
Which of these is not a habitat of a Loggerhead Sea Turtle? A) Beaches B) Nearshore Coastal Areas C) Estuaries D) Small Ponds
Which of the following are not considered part of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle? A) Welks B) Conches C) Jellyfish D) Penguins
TRUE/FALSE: Sea turtles can swim up to 15 miles per hour.
What is the scientific name of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle? • castor canadensis B) carettacaretta C) Lynx rufus D) Nasuanarica
What year was the Loggerhead Sea Turtle listed as “Threatened”?
Works Cited http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/loggerhead-sea-turtle/ http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/turtles/loggerhead.htm http://marinebio.org/species.asp?id=163 http://www.fws.gov/northflorida/seaturtles/turtle%20factsheets/loggerhead-sea-turtle.htm http://www.neaq.org/animals_and_exhibits/animals/loggerhead_sea_turtle/ http://www.conserveturtles.org/seaturtleinformation.php?page=loggerhead