Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

Nesting sites: Temperate and sub-tropical coastlines across the world

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)Natural habitat: Seas in topical and sub-tropical regions

Weight: 200 kg

Carapace

Length: 80-100 cm

Shape: Broad, with five or more pairs of scutes

Colour: Reddish brown

Plastron: Yellowish

Head shape: Large and triangular. Upper jaw is firm and hook shaped

Limbs: Oar-shaped limbs with two nails on each front limb

Food: Gastropods (animals with shells), jellyfish, sponges, etc.

Eggs deposition time: Nocturnal

Frequency in a breeding season: 3-5 times

Duration between deposition of consecutive eggs: 12-16 days

Duration between two breeding seasons: 2-3 years

Number of eggs: 100-120

Incubation period: 60 days

Current status: There are very few Loggerheads across the world. Protected under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972

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