Biodiversity catalog

Loggerhead Turtle
Caretta caretta
Loggerhead Turtle

Species IUCN Status

Least Concern

Projects (Locations)


The loggerhead turtle, the most common species of sea turtle, inhabits areas throughout the subtropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The turtle’s name comes from its large head, which contains powerful jaws used to crack open crustaceans like crabs or giant clams. As with all seven species of sea turtle, the loggerhead is endangered for a number of reasons, including accidental or deliberate slaughter by commercial and artisanal fishermen (for meat or because sea turtles are seen as a threat to shrimp fisheries), pollution, loss and disturbance of nesting sites, nest predation, and collection of eggs for human consumption. Loggerhead Turtle shells are also still used illegally to make jewelry and other accessories.