Sea turtle - Loggerhead
Common Name: Loggerhead sea turtle
Latin Name: Caretta caretta
Size/weight: Up to 38 inches long and 250-300 pounds when fully grown.
Range: Found in warmer waters in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. In the western Atlantic, loggerheads can be found from Newfoundland to Argentina. Juvenile loggerheads sometimes visit Long Island Sound during the summer.
Habitat: Loggerheads can be found throughout their range anywhere from shoreline lagoons, bays and river mouths to thousands of miles out to sea. Nests are typically dug on sandy beaches between the high tide line and the beginning of dunes or vegetation.
Diet: Mollusks, crustaceans, fish, etc.
Predators: Loggerheads are at greatest risk from a variety of human and animal predators who disturb the nest sites, eating and taking eggs. Many hatchlings are also eaten as they try to make their way from the nest into the water. Seagoing adults are often trapped and drown in long-line fishing nets.
Description: Loggerheads are so named for their large, seemingly over-sized head. They have a sharp beak, a large reddish-brown carapace and yellowish skin. Unlike land turtles, a sea turtle can’t tuck its head or flippers into its shell.
Conservation Note: Although loggerhead sea turtles are the most abundant sea turtle in U.S. waters, their population is still low enough to list them as “threatened” on the Endangered Species List. Newer “turtle exclusion devices” on fishing nets may be reducing turtle deaths.