Titusville Sea Turtle Festival

Titusville Sea Turtle Festival
Loggerhead Sea Turtles

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Threatened Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Large with a carapace that is slightly heart-shaped and rusty brown in color which is extremely hard and bony. Each front flipper contains two claws.
Adults weigh 200 to 700 pounds / 3 to 4 feet in length.
Hatchlings: 2 ½ inches long.
Age at maturity range from 20 and 40 years.

Nest in Florida from late April to September.
Powerful jaws crush clams, crabs, whelks, conch, and jellyfish.
Named for its large head which may be 10-12 inches wide.
90% of the loggerhead nests found in the United States are in Florida.
Florida's east coast from New Smyrna Beach south to Boca Raton accounts for more than 80% of the nesting crawls or tracks observed on the east coast of the United States.
Loggerheads are the most abundant species of turtle in U.S. coastal waters.

Baby Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Loggerhead Sea Turtle approaching the beach
Approximately 30% of the nesting females have shark bites on them.
Persistent population declines due to pollution, shrimp trawling, and development in their nesting areas have kept loggerheads on the threatened species list since 1978

The crawl-pattern of nesting loggerheads consists of alternating comma-shaped flipper marks with no tail drag through the center.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Crawl

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