• Animals in Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lankan Animals, Animals of Sri Lanka

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

The Loggerhead Sea turtle (Caretta caretta) is reddish brown in colour with a slightly heart shaped top shell and relatively large head. The adult length is approximately three feet with an adult weighing around 250 pounds (113 kg).

These marine reptiles are found mostly in salt water sometimes hundreds of miles out in the ocean and also in estuarine habitats such as bays, lagoons and salt marshes with females coming ashore momentarily for nesting. Being carnivores it feeds mainly on marine invertebrates, especially hard shelled crustaceans, which it devours with its powerful jaws. It is believed that the Loggerhead Sea turtle’s lifespan is approximately 50 years.