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Loggerhead Turtle - Caretta caretta
Photo by Joyce and Frank Burek

The loggerhead turtle is known for its particularly large head that houses its muscles for its powerful jaws. Its shell and legs are a reddish-brown, with brown to yellow markings on the remainder of its body. It can grow to about 3 feet long and weigh approximately 250 pounds on average.

Loggerhead Turtle
(Caretta caretta)

All tropical, subtropical, and temperate seas

Coasts and open ocean

Sponges, jellyfish, horseshoe crabs, clams, oysters, queen conch, spiny lobster


The status of this species is representative of the populations within the waters of this Sanctuary only, not global populations.

Quick Fact
The loggerhead turtle has very strong jaws that allow it to crush its prey.

Learn More
- University of Michigan Museum of Zoology
- Georgia Wildlife
- Duke University