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Loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta

Fast facts

  • 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.

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