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.


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

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account