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A Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta), in the National Aquarium, Washington, D.C. -- The carapace of this Loggerhead Sea Turtle is reddish-brown; five vertebral scutes run down the turtle's mid-line bordered by five pairs of costal scutes. Loggerheads are considered an endangered species and are protected by the International Union for Conservation of Nature [IUCN] --

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Loggerhead Turtles Swim to Safety

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Facts About the Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Facts about the loggerhead sea turtle, including information on the loggerhead turtle's natural history, reproduction, distribution and conservation.


the Loggerhead Sea Turtle – Caretta caretta – became South Carolina's state reptile in 1988. While loggerheads are considered the most common species of saltwater turtle in the United States, their numbers are dwindling and they have been on the threatened species list since the late 1970s. Named for their large, log-shaped heads, loggerhead turtles have a reddish-brown shell, or carapace. They eat mainly jellyfish and crabs, but have also been known to eat fish and even seaweed…


Endangered. Loggerhead turtles are named for their large heads that support powerful jaw muscles, allowing them to crush hard-shelled prey like clams and sea urchins. They are less likely to be hunted for their meat or shell compared to other sea turtles. Bycatch, the accidental capture of marine animals in fishing gear, is a serious problem for loggerhead turtles because they frequently come in contact with fisheries. Loggerheads are the most common turtle in the Mediterranean, nesting on…


Loggerhead Sea Turtles One of the larger species of sea turtles, the loggerhead turtle ranges from 200-400 pounds (90 - 180 kg) and up to 4 feet in length (1.2 meters). They occur throughout temperate and tropical regions of the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic Oceans

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Nesting Gulf of Mexico loggerhead turtles face offshore risks

The loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), or loggerhead, is an oceanic turtle distributed throughout the world