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lexID: 3500 AphiaID: 137205 Scientific: Caretta caretta German: Unechte Karettschildkröte English: Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle Category: Reptiles Family tree: Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Reptilia (Class) > Testudines (Order) > Cheloniidae (Family) > Caretta (Genus) > caretta (Species) Initial determination: (Linnaeus, ), 1758 Occurrence: , Benin , Suriname , Djibouti , Eritrea , Kuwait , Guadeloupe , Hong Kong , Barbados , El Salvador , Straße von Gibralta , Vereinigte Arabische Emirate , Tunesien , West Sahara , Sudan Sint Eustatius and Saba, Alaska, Algeria, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Austral Islands, Australia, Azores, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada , Chile, China, Circumtropic, Columbia, Comores, Congo, Corea, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East-Atlantic Ocean, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Egypt, European Coasts, Fiji, Flores, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Guatemala, Gulf of Mexico, Gulf of Oman / Oman, Haiti, Hawaii, Honduras, India, Indian Ocean, Indo Pacific, Indonesia, Irak, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico (East Pacific), Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, New Caledonia, New South Wales (Australia), New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Niue, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Quatar, Queensland (Australia), Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, São Tomé e Principé, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Australia, South-Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tansania, the Andaman Sea, The Bahamas, the British Isles, the Canary Islands, the Cape Verde Archipelago, the Cayman Islands, The Gulf of Guinea, the Ivory Coast, the Mediterranean Sea, the Netherlands Antilles, The Ryukyu Islands, the Seychelles, Timor, Togo, Tokelau, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, U.S., West-Atlantic Ocean, Western Australia, Yemen Sea depth: 0 - 200 Meter Size: 39.37" - 78.74" (100cm - 200cm) Temperature: 53.6 °F - 80.6 °F (12°C - 27°C) Food: Crustaceans, Jellyfish, Sea urchins, Sepia Difficulty: Not suitable for home aquaria! Offspring: Not available as offspring Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown CITES: Appendix I (trade generally prohibited)) Red List: Vulnerable (VU) Related species at Catalog of Life:
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Created: 2011-01-05 12:29:12
Last edit: 2020-03-10 08:33:20
The Loggerhead sea turtle, Caretta caretta, can be found worldwide in all tropical and subtropical oceans. It is the most common species of sea turtles, which doesn't change the fact that it is an endangered species. Single specimens can reach a carapace length of up to 2 meters and weigh up to 200 kg.
The animals feed on crustaceans, cephalopods, echinoderms, vegetable matter and paricularly jellyfish, as can be seen in the images in this article. The main picture shows for example an adult Caretta caretta eating a jellyfish of the species Mastigias roseus and the second image shows a freshly hatched sea turtle hunting a jellyfish (presumably from the family Ulmaridae). Both pictures have been provided by Heinz Mahler.
It is common knowledge nowadays that sea turtles burry their eggs on land and that freshly hatched turtles crawl back into the sea, we just mention it here for the sake of completeness.
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