What about the largest turtle?

What about the largest turtle?

Since we talked about the smallest turtle breed last week, I thought it would be fun to talk a little bit about the largest turtle breed out there. Many of you are probably a bit familiar with the leatherback turtle. Not only is the leather back the largest turtle in the world, it is also the largest living reptile! When the leatherback turtles reach their adult size, they weight a whopping 2000 pounds. Now that is quite a big turtle! The leatherback is also bigger than the typical male, reaching heights as great as 6 and a half feet. It’s hard to believe that their hatchlings are only about 3CM long, yet they grow to be an enormous sea turtle.

Other than their size, there is one key feature that makes them unique from the other turtle. The leatherback is the only turtle whose shell isn’t made of hard material. The leatherback gets its name from the fact that the shell is made from soft, leather-like material that couple be punctured much easier than the typical turtles shell.

The leatherback lacks claws on its front feet, but has much larger feet, making them ideal for long travel which is common with the species. Leatherbacks also lack in a hard mouth plate that is common with sea turtles. Instead they have a pointed shape and rigged edging and that’s why the leatherback tends to feed on very soft sea creatures such as; the jellyfish. The turtles typically reside in the wide-open areas of the water, but they have been known to appear in the coastal areas as well. This turtle species is most common in the Atlantic.