By Josie  June 6h, 2023

The Leatherback Turtle

The Leatherback Turtle

The World's Heaviest Reptile:

The Leather Back turtle is the world's heaviest reptile, but  can nonetheless gracefully glide through the ocean’s depths.

Let's get to know them:

These creatures are remarkable, reaching a maximum weight of almost 2,000 pounds and measuring up to seven feet long.


They're equally impressive divers and can easily dive to depths of over 4,200 feet.

They also possess a unique rubbery shell that sets them apart from other turtle species.

The Leatherback Sea Turtle's Shell

They can swim at breakneck speeds due to their streamlined body shape.

Leatherbacks have a typical diet for a turtle and mainly feed on jellyfish, which can be found in abundance throughout their native habitats.


Thanks to their powerful jaws and tooth-like cusps they are able to capture and devour their slippery prey.

They have an impressive appetite, consuming an astonishing amount of jellyfish daily, often equal to their own body weight.


They can be found in both tropical and temperate oceans, spanning across the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.

Leatherbacks migrate vast distances, often traveling thousands of miles between their nesting and foraging grounds.

They face multiple threats, including habitat degradation, accidental capture in fishing gear, and poaching for their meat, eggs, and shells.


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