Although it does not grow in captivity except under very special conditions, we allowed ourselves to present it, because specimens of this breed and on our coast were encountered and it is not permissible not to know it and we cannot identify it if we meet her.
The size of the sea turtle is generally large, so that adults can reach up to 1.2 m. And weigh up to 200 kg. This species lives in the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea and sometimes enters the Black Sea, where it can reach accidentally and near the Romanian beaches.
As a peculiarity, we can recall the fact that in the youth phase, its carapace has 3 hinges, and in old age, the hull is slightly curved, and the rear edge is cut and covered with horn plates placed next to each other, without overlapping.
Sea Turtle’s Food
This turtle is omnivorous, feeding on fish and other marine animals, but also with algae or different marine plant components.
Sea Turtle’s Features
The head is large, with strong jaws, and the anterior limbs in the form of a blade, are provided with two claws. The color on the back is brown-reddish, and the plastron is yellow in adult animals and almost black in youth.
Sea Turtle’s Reproduction
Exclusively marine species, during the breeding period it moves on certain beaches in the tropical and subtropical area, where at about 50 m. Of water the sea turtle lays eggs in holes dug in the sand, which it then covers and knocks with the help of the plastron.
After 2-3 months they hatch, and the baby turtles immediately start to water, the only chance of survival being the contact with the aquatic environment as quickly as possible.