Olive Ridley turtle
Olive Ridley Turtle, Lepidochelys olivacea.
Photograph by Dr Col Limpus.
A small turtle (shell up to 75 cm). The shell is heart-shaped and has 6 or more large scales down each side. Grey to olive grey.
Worldwide in tropical, continental waters.
Soft-bottomed, inshore waters.
Crustaceans, molluscs, fish, fish eggs and soft-bodied invertebrates.
Lays up to 147 small eggs – nesting occurs all year round with a peak season from April to June. Low density nesting occurs along the north- western coast of Cape York Peninsula.
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