loggerhead turtle

Scientific name Caretta caretta
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category VU
Family Cheloniidae
Genus Caretta
Caretta caretta Caretta caretta


Caretta caretta, commonly known as loggerhead turtle, is a salt water reptile.

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Who is it?


  • Size
    95 - 150 cm
  • Weight
    100 - 250 kg
  • Mimicry
    rocky bottoms
  • Longevity
    60 year
  • Size
    95 - 150 cm
  • Weight
    100 - 250 kg
  • Mimicry
    rocky bottoms
  • Longevity
    60 year

How to recognize the loggerhead turtle ?

The loggerhead turtle measures around 95 cm. The females are more imposing and some specimens can reach 150 cm. This reptile is tricolore with a predominantly marron body.

Sexual dimorphism

The female is bigger than the male.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • Sociability
  • Way of living
  • Venomous
  • Diet

The loggerhead turtle is a reptile solitary naturally found close to the surface. This species is omnivorous with carnivorous tendency .

Although slightly territorial, the loggerhead turtle is a rather peaceful animal that generally behaves in a peaceful manner with other species.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui enfouit ses œufs
  • Migratory species
  • Clutch size
    60 - 200 eggs

The loggerhead turtle is a reptile ovipare qui enfouit ses œufs.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    13 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 50 m
  • Flow

Biotope presentation

The loggerhead turtle is most often found at a depth between 0m and 50m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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