Caretta caretta - Loggerhead turtle:

Summary Information
Living Organisms / Animalia / Craniata / Reptilia / Testudines / Cheloniidae / Caretta / Species

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The taxonomy of reptiles is still under review and "A Complete Guide to Scientific and Common Names of Reptiles and Amphibians of the World" by Norman Frank and Erica Ramus (B87) has been chosen as the primary reference. The taxonomic structure will be amended when new editions or complete references are identified by the scientific world as the recognized primary references for taxonomy.

Alternative Names
  • Caretta caretta caretta Atlantic loggerhead turtle
  • Caretta caretta gigas - Pacific loggerhead turtle
  • Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
  • In summer as far north as New England, Newfoundland (occasionally), southern California. Reach UK.

(B160, B183)

  • Oceans: coastal bays, lagoons, estuaries, open sea. (B183).
Further Information Length: Shell 1.1m (B160); 31-48 inches / 79-122cm (B183).


  • Carapace elongated heart shape. (B183).
  • Carapace: reddish-brown, sometimes with dark streaks.
  • Plastron: cream, yellowish or pale yellow
  • (B160, B183).


  • Crustacea, molluscs, sponges, sea urchins, marine plants (B160, B183).

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