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Loggerhead sea turtle

Scientific name: Caretta caretta

Size: Up to 4 foot

Color: Yellow to brown skin, reddish brown carapace

Distinguishing feature: Big head and stocky body. 4 prefontal scales, often a fifth in their center. The nuchal plate touches the first lateral plates.

Where did we see it: Mayotte

Loggerhead sea turtle of Mayotte

Loggerhead sea turtle

Scientific name: Caretta caretta

Size: Up to 4 foot

Color: Yellow to brown skin, reddish brown carapace

Distinguishing feature: Big head and stocky body. 4 prefontal scales, often a fifth in their center. The nuchal plate touches the first lateral plates.

Where did we see it: Mayotte

In detail

Its range of distribution is very wide, it is the turtle which has the largest area of geography.

Its dives usually last between 15 and 30 minutes, even if it can remain submerged for 4 hours!

This turtle has a life span of 46 to 67 years and reaches its sexual majority between 17 and 33 years. After about 4 egg-laying, the turtle quiesces (does not lay eggs) for 2 to 3 years, making it a species that does not reproduce quickly. Especially since children are not often really lucky...

When adult, the loggerhead turtle can eat several hundred jellyfish a day. This is a problem because it easily confuses this diet with the plastic bags present in the ocean.

Our pictures of loggerhead sea turtle

The different species of Turtles we have seen

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