Loggerhead Turtle - profile

Indicative distribution


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Scientific name: Caretta caretta
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Gazetted date: 05 Oct 2001
Profile last updated: 13 Sep 2017

Description

The Loggerhead Turtle is a large sea turtle to 1.5 m in length. The shell is an elongated heart-shape, dark brown above and white, cream or yellowish below. The large head is dark brown on top becoming pale at the sides, with darker blotches.

Distribution

Loggerhead Turtles are found in tropical and temperate waters off the Australian coast. In NSW they are seen as far south as Jervis Bay and have been recorded nesting on the NSW north coast and feeding around Sydney.

Habitat and ecology

  • Loggerhead Turtles are ocean-dwellers, foraging in deeper water for fish, jellyfish and bottom-dwelling animals. The female comes ashore to lay her eggs in a hole dug on the beach in tropical regions during the warmer months.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known within 250m of high tide mark
NSW North CoastKaruah Manning Known within 1 km of the coast and tidal influenced water bodies
NSW North CoastMacleay Hastings Known within 1 km of the coast and tidal influenced water bodies, within 250m of high tide mark
NSW North CoastYuraygir Known within 250m of the coast
OceanBatemans Shelf Known None
OceanHawkesbury Shelf Known None
OceanManning Shelf Known None
OceanSouth Pacific Ocean Predicted None
OceanTweed-Moreton Known None
Pacific Subtropical IslandsLord Howe Island Predicted within 250m of high water mark
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known within 250m of high tide mark
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known within 250m of high tide mark
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known within 250m of high tide mark
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Predicted within 250m of high tide mark
Sydney BasinHunter Predicted within 1 km of the coast and tidal influenced water bodies
Sydney BasinPittwater Known Botany Bay, Tuggerah and Lake Macquarie estuaries to the near north and may also occur irregularly in other coastal estuaries.
Sydney BasinSydney Cataract Predicted None
Sydney BasinWyong Known None