Lepidochelys kempii

Atlantic ridley
Kemp's Ridley
Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle
Atlantic Ridley Sea Turtle
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Overview

The Kemp's ridley turtle is the smallest of the sea turtles, with adults reaching about 2 feet in length and weighing up to 100 pounds. The adult Kemp's ridley has an oval carapace that is almost as wide as it is long and is usually olive-gray in color. The carapace has five pairs of costal scutes. In each bridge adjoining the plastron to the carapace, there are four inframarginal scutes, each of which is perforated by a pore. The head has two pairs of prefrontal scales. Hatchlings are black on both sides. The Kemp's ridley has a triangular-shaped head with a somewhat hooked beak with large crushing surfaces. This turtle is a shallow water benthic feeder with a diet consisting primarily of crabs.

Scientific Name

Lepidochelys kempii
Common Name
Atlantic ridley
Kemp's Ridley
Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle
Atlantic Ridley Sea Turtle
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Reptiles
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