Thursday, March 31, 2016

Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta)

Loggerheads sometimes nest on Tobago, but rarely if ever on Trinidad. Adult Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta caretta) reach 113 kg and about a meter in length. They attain sexual maturity in about 35 years. Females nest from April-September and generally lay 3-5 nests per season. They have massive heads with powerful jaw muscles to crush their hard shelled prey, mostly molluscs (whelks and conch). Neonates are pelagic and float with drift lines of debris and rarely go below five meters in the water column. When they are 7-12 years old they move into nearshore coastal areas to feed and mature. Loggerheads are circumglobal in temperate and tropical latitudes of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.

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