Caretta caretta gigas   (Deraniyagala,  1939) (Turtle)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Reptilia

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Size: Carapace length (straight-line distance) maximum to 125 cm; common to 110 cm.

Weight: Maximum to 150 kg; common to 105 kg.

Color: upper side brownish red with light spots; underside pale yellow with diffuse orange spots.

Carapace heart-shaped, depressed, its width about 76% of the length. Head rather large (about 28% of carapace length) and very broad, with 2 pairs of prefrontal scutes and a strong horny beak. Five pairs of lateral scutes, anterior pair touching the precentral scute; 3 pairs of enlarged inframarginal scutes on plastron; 2 claws on each flipper.

Eggs: white, spherical, about 4.3 cm in diameter and 36 g in weight.

Hatchlings: Length of carapace about 4.5 cm. Color dark brown with light margins, except for the keels of the plastron which are lighter.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine, Open Sea, Coastal
Prey:  Crustaceans, molluscs and jellyfish


• West Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 5 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • BioLib. cz Available at -

Page last updated on:2013-01-11

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