Loggerhead Turtle Facts
Loggerheads are air-breathing reptiles, scientific name Caretta caretta.
The common name refers to the turtle’s large head.
Loggerheads are the most common sea turtles in Florida.
Their food consists of mollusks, crabs and animals that encrust reefs and rocks.
They have been on Earth for millions of years with little serious threat to the species – until recently.
Weighing 250 – 400 pounds, adults can grow to more than three feet in length.
Hatchlings are two inches long.
Nesting occurs from May through August. Hatching may extend through October.
The nest cavity is 18 – 22 inches in depth.
Incubation period of the eggs in their sandy nest is 55 – 65 days.