Loggerhead Sea Turtle

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Loggerhead Sea Turtle

The most common species of nesting sea turtle for Florida and southeastern coastal United States is the loggerhead sea turtle. This species has the largest geographical range of any sea turtle and can often be found feeding on invertebrates, sponges, starfish, or jellyfish throughout the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Loggerhead EggsOceans and the Mediterranean Sea. An adult loggerhead can stay submerged underwater up to 4 hours to eat and sleep, and males never return to land after hatching. Female loggerheads return to the beaches on which they were born to lay their eggs once reaching sexual maturity around 17-33 years old, and can nest up to 3 times in a nesting season.

Loggerhead Sea TurtlesLike all sea turtles, the loggerhead does not return to a nest once the eggs are laid; the eggs are left to be incubated by the warm sands and hatch after an incubation period of 60-75 days. Hatchlings emerge independently from the sand in which they were buried and make their way using the glow from the moonlight on the water to navigate to the ocean. A loggerhead hatchling only measures about two inches and weighs less than an ounce, but a fully grown adult turtle's shell can measure up to 27-37 inches long and weigh over 430 pounds. the coloration of the turtle also changes as it ages; hatchlings appear entirely dark gray and develop a brown and yellow color to the skin and yellow-orange color patterns to the shell as they mature.

Facts About Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Diet: Carnivore 

Habitat: Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans; Mediterranean Sea 

Size: Shell can measure up to 27-37 inches long, weigh over 430 pounds