Species Details


Leatherback Sea Turtle Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Dermochelys coriacea
Family : Dermochelyidae
Order : Testudines
Class : Reptilia
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Coastal water, deep sea.
Description : The leatherback is the largest living turtle and can grow up to 7 feet (2.1 meters) in length and can weigh over 2,000 pounds (900 kg).

Unlike other sea turtles, the leatherback does not have a hard shell. Instead, it has a flexible, leathery skin that is covered by a mosaic of small, white bony plates called osteoderms.

Leatherbacks are found in all of the world's oceans, from the tropics to as far north as Alaska and as far south as the southern tip of South America.

The leatherback turtle is unique among sea turtles in that it feeds almost exclusively on jellyfish, which it captures with its powerful jaws and long, pointed papillae.

Female leatherbacks lay their eggs on sandy beaches, with each clutch containing around 80-100 eggs. The eggs take around 60 days to hatch.

The leatherback turtle is listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with the main threats to their survival being accidental capture in fishing gear, egg collection, and habitat loss. Conservation efforts include protection of nesting beaches, reduction of bycatch, and regulation of the trade in turtle products.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by: Durjoy Raha Antu,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka; information source: 2009. Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol. 25. Amphibians and Reptiles. Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka; photo credit:Thailandecoportal.com (www.inaturalist.org/people/Thailandecoportal.com), photo copyright: iNaturalist. more information please contact with us.