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Sea Turtles

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Florida Sea Turtle Species
Loggerhead Mother

Sea Turtle nesting season runs from March 1 - October 31 annually.

Sea turtles have a comparable life history to humans and are thought to live up to 80 years in the wild. Captive sea turtles have been observed to live over 50 years. There is generally no difference in size between adult female and male sea turtles, but males can be distinguished by their longer tail. These creatures range from just over 30 inches long and 80-100 lbs. (Kemp's Ridley sea turtle) to around eight feet reaching up to 2,000 lbs. (Leatherback sea turtle). Green sea turtles can grow up to five feet in length and 400 lbs. while Loggerhead sea turtles are usually about three feet and 200 pounds as adults.

A sea turtle can stay submerged underwater for extended periods of time although a feeding dive usually only lasts for about 5 minutes or less.  A green sea turtle has been recorded as remaining underwater for up to five hours at a time!  During this period, their heart rate slows drastically to conserve oxygen and up to nine minutes may pass between heartbeats.

These creatures are most commonly found in warm and temperate waters around the world and have been known to travel hundreds and sometimes more than a thousand miles between their nesting beaches and feeding grounds.  A sea turtle’s diet can differ greatly depending on its age as well as species.  Some sea turtles only consume meat such as crabs, shrimp and snails, while others prefer plants such as algae and seaweed.  Several species have been known to switch from a meat based diet when they’re young to a strictly plant based diet once matured.  Other commonly consumed sea turtle snacks include jellyfish, sponges and mollusks.  These different diet preferences are a major reason why you can notice disparities in the overall jaw structure of the different species of sea turtles.​​