Kingdom : Animalia
Class : Reptilia
Family : Chelonioidea
Scientific Name : Chelonioidea
Size : 79 -150cm (31 - 59in)
Weight : 158 - 400kg
(350 - 882lbs)
Top Speed : 4km/h (2.4mph)
Life Span : 60 - 80 years
Colour : Brown, Tan, Green
Skin Type : Scales
Special Features : Hard body shell and
powerful, strong flippers
- Sea turtles are marine animals that breed on the beaches and are found in the oceans all around the world.
- They are not found in the Arctic circle because of the cold climate.
- There are around 7 species of sea turtles found in the world.
- Depending on the species they vary in size from being 50cm – 2m.
- The Flatback sea turtle is found in Australia and is native to that region.
- The Green Sea Turtles are found all around the world, mainly in Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
- The Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle is very rare to find and inhabits the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
- The Hawksbill Sea Turtle is a species found all around the world but is critically endangered as a species.
- The largest and most widely distributed species is the Leatherback Sea Turtle.
- The smallest species of sea turtle is the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle, found in the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific Oceans.
- The Loggerhead Sea Turtle is a species of sea turtles known for their large heads.
- Despite spending almost all their lives in the sea, they breed on beaches.
- They are known to travel long distances to come to the same breeding spot year after year.
- The female sea turtles lay their eggs in the nest under the sand and go back to the sea.
- The baby turtles, go directly to the sea after they hatch out of the eggs.
- Sea turtles may be herbivores or carnivores, depending on the species.
- They have very few natural predators in the wild but their babies are preyed on by large fish, sea birds and raccoons.
- All the species are endangered today.