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Loggerhead turtle

loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta)

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Caretta caretta - (Linnaeus, 1758)
Pronunciation  kar-ETT-ah   kar-ETT-ah
Etymology  Caretta: 'tortoise shell'.
caretta: 'turtle-shelled'.
Other names   
Carapace length
Species avg: 130 cm
Clutch size
Average: 100
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Tropical and warm temperate waters off the Australian coast, including the Great Barrier Reef. Elsewhere throughout tropical waters. Occasional specimens enter southern Australian waters.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, 200 m bathymetric


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