Loggerhead Turtle

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About Loggerhead Turtle

Loggerhead turtles are the most abundant of all the marine turtle species in U.S. waters. But persistent population declines due to pollution, shrimp trawling, and development in their nesting areas, among other factors, have kept this wide-ranging seagoer on the threatened species list since 1978.

Their enormous range encompasses all but the most frigid waters of the world's oceans. They seem to prefer coastal habitats, but often frequent inland water bodies and will travel hundreds of miles out to sea.

Fast Facts 

Type: Reptile

Diet: Carnivore

Average life span in the wild: More than 50 years

Size: 36 in (90 cm)

Weight: 253 lbs (115 kg)

Group name: Flotilla

Did you know? Sea turtles can move through the water at speeds of up to 15 mi (24 km) per hour.

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