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Ridley turtles
Lepidochelys - Fitzinger, 1843

Pronunciation: LEP-id-oh-KEE-lis
Etymology: 'scaly-turtle'.

Taxonomic notes:

Notes:
Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Oviparous - 1 out of 1 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) at 70 cm
 Longest Australian species: olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) at up to 70 cm
Number of Australian species: 1
 

olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)
Aurukun, Queensland
Photo © Brian Ross
olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) distribution range map Lepidochelys olivacea
Olive ridley turtle
Year described
(Eschscholtz 1829)
Description
Grey or olive-grey above, usually without any conspicuous markings. Whitish below. Head large and massive. Three or four postoculars. Shell broad and heart shaped. Usually six or more pairs of costal shields. Hatchlings blackish above, dark brown below. Scutes on carapace not overlapping. Two pairs of prefrontal scales on head.

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