Loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta
- Females nest on the far northern beaches of KwaZulu-Natal
- Feeds on sea urchins, molluscs and hermit crabs
The loggerhead turtle, which is the most common in southern Africa, has a reddish-brown carapace and a hooked beak.
Adults reach a maximum mass of 125kg and measure up to 1.2m in length.
Loggerheads feed predominantly on sea urchins, molluscs and hermit crabs, which they crush with their powerful jaws.
Females nest on the northern beaches of KwaZulu-Natal and lay 100 to 120 eggs every 15 days during summer.
The large turtle in the I&J Predator Exhibit is a loggerhead turtle.
Download the document below to read more about turtles.
- Turtles - Dinosaurs of the Ocean by Helen Lockhart (96.25 KB) Sea turtles are living dinosaurs, having survived some 90 million years from the Age of the Reptiles. Whilst people are fascinated with these ancient creatures because of their link with the distant past and the fact that they have not changed significantly in all these years, turtles are now endangered and threatened with extinction.