Full name: Caretta caretta (Linnaeus, 1758)
Sea turtle


Large size sea turtle with the bent size of the shell reaching 80cm in length and 70cm in width. The carapace has five lateral plates and 12 peripheral plates in each site. The carapace color is olive with light brown while the plastron is beige to yellow.


She lives in open seas and oceans but can be also found in shallow water of reefs. She approaches the coast only during the laying period.


Omnivorous species that eats a rich variety of food from algae to arthropods, mollusk, cephalopods and fishes.


Reproduction takes place in sea. They deposit their eggs from late spring and throughout summer. Females are able to oviposit maximum five times in a year (usually two), depositing around 70 eggs at each time (10-170 eggs). The eggs are laid in pit that the females open in the sand. Incubation last for 45 days.


Distribution in Cyprus:
Loggerhead turtles can be found in several beaches of the island with sand that are proper for nesting.

Distribution worldwide:
Cosmopolitan species that can be found in all the oceans of the globe.

Not particular common to rare.
Special protection:
Priority species.
Strictly protected by European directive 92/43/EC
Strictly protected by national law 153(I)2003
Declared as “Endangered” by IUCN

About Us



Herpetological Society of Cyprus (HSC) was established in 1990 with the aim of promoting, studying and conserving Cyprus’ herpetofauna. As part of its work, HSC fulfill presentations, educational seminars, studies and researches, along with other activities that relates with informing and educating the public about reptiles Cyprus.

Contact Details
           Address:   Herpetological Society,
                            P.O box 61435,
                            Paphos, Cyprus
           Tel:          +357 26 967600
           Fax:         +357 26 967007
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