Dermochelys coriacea

leatherback turtle
Leatherback
tinglar
Leatherback Sea Turtle
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Overview

The leatherback is the largest, deepest diving, and most migratory and wide ranging of all sea turtles. The adult leatherback can reach 4 to 8 feet in length and 500 to 2000 pounds in weight. Its shell is composed of a mosaic of small bones covered by firm, rubbery skin with seven longitudinal ridges or keels. The skin is predominantly black with varying degrees of pale spotting; including a notable pink spot on the dorsal surface of the head in adults. A toothlike cusp is located on each side of the gray upper jaw; the lower jaw is hooked anteriorly. The paddle-like clawless limbs are black with white margins and pale spotting.

Scientific Name

Dermochelys coriacea
Common Name
leatherback turtle
Leatherback
tinglar
Leatherback Sea Turtle
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Reptiles
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