Loggerhead Turtle (species: Caretta caretta) in Bundjalung NP (Gaia Guide)
Caretta caretta
Loggerhead Turtle

©Strobilomyces: Mature loggerhead turtle

©Bachrach44: Loggerhead sea turtle in the National Aquarium in Washington DC.

©National Park Service, USA: A loggerhead hatchling
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Testudines
Family Cheloniidae
Genus Caretta
Species Caretta caretta
Status endangered



Distinguishing features

The head and carapace range from a yellow-orange to a reddish-brown, while the plastron (underside) is typically pale yellow. The turtle's neck and sides are brown on the tops and yellow on the sides and bottom.

Sexual dimorphism of the loggerhead sea turtle is only apparent in adults. Adult males have longer tails and claws than females. The males' plastrons are shorter than the females', presumably to accommodate the males' larger tails. The carapaces of males are wider and less domed than the females', and males typically have wider heads than females. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 280 cm (Total Length) - applies to Huge specimens
  • Up to 90 cm (Total Length) - applies to Normal specimens


  • Up to 150 kg



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta)

Distribution and habitat preferences

It inhabits the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea. (Wikipedia)

Local abundance

  • South-West Western Australian beaches: Like the Green Turtle hatchlings of this species that are swept south by the Leeuwin Current can end up dead or moribund on southern Perth beaches which , can of course, include the Yalgorup sea frontage.

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