Kemp's Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys kempii)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandRecords from south and west coasts of England and Wales, northern Scotland and western Ireland.
HabitatGenerally prefer shallow, inshore waters less than 60 meters deep.
- Up to 74 cm in length and weigh around 45 kg.
- Light grey-olive colour shell.
- Large head with strong powerful jaws.
- Usually five pairs of scales (costal scutes).
Additional informationPopulations of Kemp's Ridley are threatened with decline as a result of intensive predation on eggs by local people and by coyotes, fishing for juveniles and adults, slaughter of nesting adults for meat, and incidental catch by trawlers. Nesting grounds are also threatened through destruction by humans.
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Last Updated: 03/09/2007