Scientific name Natator depressus
Descriptor Garman
Year of description 1880
IUCN category DD
Family Cheloniidae
Genus Natator
Natator depressus Natator depressus


Natator depressus, commonly known as flatback, is a salt water reptile.

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Who is it?


  • Type
  • Size
    80 - 100 cm
  • Mimicry
    rocky bottoms
  • Longevity
    100 year
  • Type
  • Size
    80 - 100 cm
  • Mimicry
    rocky bottoms
  • Longevity
    100 year

How to recognize the flatback ?

The flatback measures between 80 and 100 cm. This reptile is bicolore with a predominantly beige and gris body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • Sociability
  • Way of living
  • Venomous
  • Diet
    not specified

The flatback is a reptile solitary. This species is carnivorous .

Although the flatback is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui enfouit ses œufs
  • Clutch size
    50 - 0 eggs

The flatback 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?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    23 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 90 m

Biotope presentation

The flatback is most often found at a depth between 0m and 90m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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