Species found on coastal strands
turtles are among the largest living reptiles.
Most species have scales and a bony shell, and all species
are cold-blooded, breathe air and lay their eggs on
land. Six species of sea turtles nest on U.S. beaches
or are found in U.S. waters, and all six are designated
as threatened or endangered under the U.S. Endangered
Species Act. They are: loggerhead sea turtle, Kemp’s
ridley turtle, olive ridley turtle, hawksbill sea turtle,
green turtle and leatherback turtle.