Friday, July 15, 2011

Life of Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Life of Sea |  Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) | This reptile is seen in the ocean or coastal areas such as bays, lagoons, salt marshes, creeks, ship channels, and the mouths of large rivers. Coral reefs, rocky areas, and Shipwreck are often over-used as feeding areas. Loggerhead sea turtle nest on ocean beaches on the estuaries and coastlines with occasional Suitable sand. You can find their nests in the Caribbean, southeastern United States, the Yucatan in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama and Colombia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba, Brazil, Laganas and Kali Maki in Greece and Dalyan Beach in Turkey. The Loggerhead sea turtle inhabits the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean and the Mediterranean.

 
Scientific classification
Kingdom:     Animalia
Phylum:     Chordata
Class:     Reptilia
Subclass:     Anapsida
Order:     Testudines
Superfamily:     Chelonioidea
Family:     Cheloniidae
Genus:     Caretta
Rafinesque, 1814
Species:     C. caretta


The Loggerhead sea turtle has a large head with poerful jaws. The carapace and flippers are a reddish-brown color. The plastron is yellow. The shield has five pairs of costal scales with the first touch of the nuchal scute. Hatchlings can vary in color from light to dark brown. Flippers are dark brown with white edges. The plastron abdomen and the other a faded ocher yellow appearance. In captivity, the Loggerhead sea turtles' daily activities divided between swimming and resting on the bottom. During rest, Loggerhead sea turtle spreading their legs to about mid-stroke swimming position. They remain motionless with eyes open or half-closed and are easily alerted in this state. At night, caught loggerheads sleep in the same position with their eyes shut and are slow to respond. Juvenile loggerheads and adults differ in their swim practices. Youngsters hold their feet pressed to the side of their shield and propel themselves by kicking with their hind legs.

 
Loggerhead sea turtle' jaws are adapted for crushing and grinding. The large head and jaws of the Loggerhead sea turtles leave them to feed on many different things. The Loggerhead sea turtle regularly feed on fish, shrimp, mussels, lobster, crab and mussels. Loggerhead sea turtles have many predators. Egg and nestling predators oligochaetes worms, beetles, grubs, ants, wasp larvae, blowflies, crabs, snakes, seagulls, crows, opposums, bears, rats, armadillos, honey badger, skunks, canines, raccoons, cats, pigs and humans . In the ocean, predators of the Loggerhead sea turtle and young adults are sharks, other fish such as parrotfish, moray eels, crabs portunid, gulls, monk seals and killer whales.

As young adults, their method of swimming gradually replaced by the adults' alternating-limb method. The odds are totally dependent on this type of swimming by the time they are one year old. The Loggerhead sea turtle can be extremely long-lived animal, with the oldest recorded age at about 190 years old. They can expect in the wild to live at least 30 years, but Often more. A fully grown, can reach up to Loggerhead 42 inches in length and 800 pounds, making em one of the Largest amphibians in the ocean. Loggerhead sea turtle were observed in the wild and in captivity are most active during the day.

 
Now, Loggerhead sea turtle is endangered due to human intervention on. Initially, the Loggerhead was hunted as a valuable source of meat, eggs and fat that was used in cosmetics. Their shells were also very valuable and much used for making items like combs. Human journeys to the beach can destroy a nest and the babies inside. Other reasons for federally listed, are due to predation of eggs in the countries that use them as a primary means for food and sell them on the black market.  

Loggerhead sea turtles are a large part of the diet of some rural communities, such as the Antillean and Caribbean regions. Money is being paid for their meat and eggs, which are used to burgers and turtle soup and turtle eggs are even used to make cakes to make. In Cuba, the dried eggs in the oviduct and sold like sausages. The turtles also oxidizing oil, which acts as a varnish. In Honduras, boat paddles made ​​from their shells.

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