Loggerhead Sea Turtle Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Lauren Scott

Lauren has a Master's degree in special education and has taught for more than 10 years.

This lesson will introduce you to the loggerhead sea turtle. You will learn about their diet, their babies, and where they live. You will also learn why they need to be protected!

Loggerhead Features

Loggerhead sea turtles are large reptiles that live in the ocean.
adult loggerhead

Loggerhead sea turtles, also known as loggerheads, are a species of marine reptile. They have lungs, and breathe air through two nostrils. The shell is reddish-brown on top and yellowish on the bottom. Loggerheads get their name because of their large heads. Adult loggerheads grow to about 3 feet in length, and can weigh up to 250 pounds. Nobody knows exactly how long they live, but scientists think they may live more than 50 years.

Habitat

Loggerheads are found in mild to warm ocean water all over the world. They are most common in coastal areas, including bays and river mouths, but sometimes swim hundreds of miles out to sea. Loggerhead sea turtles migrate, which means that they swim to different parts of the ocean. They will migrate to find food, nesting beaches, and warm water.

Favorite Foods

Loggerhead sea turtles have a varied diet that includes fish, squid, conchs, and horseshoe crabs. They have large, powerful jaws that allow them to crush shells. Even though they like crunchy foods, they also have an appetite for jellyfish!

Lots of Babies!

Loggerheads crawl onto warm beaches to nest. The female digs a hole in the sand and lays over 100 eggs at a time. When she is finished, she covers the nest with sand and crawls back to the sea. She may not return to the beach for another 1-7 years. Once she leaves, the babies, called hatchlings, are on their own. They usually hatch at night and crawl toward the ocean. Loggerhead hatchlings tend to hide out in patches of seaweed until they are bigger. The females only return to land when they are old enough to lay eggs, starting at about 35 years of age.

Loggerheads may grow to be large, but they start out very small!
loggerhead hatchling

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