Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea)

Nesting sites: Tropical coastlines across the world

Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea)Natural habitat: Seas in topical and sub-tropical regions

Weight: 50 kg

 

Carapace

Length: 60-70 cm

Shape: Smoother, flat, and tent shaped, with five or more pairs of scutes

Colour: Olive green

Plastron: Yellowish with marginal pores on both sides

Head shape: Large and triangular. The upper jaw is hook shaped.

Limbs: Oar-shaped limbs with one nail on each front limb

Food: Gastropods (animals with shells), jellyfish, etc.

Breeding season: Throughout the year, mainly November-March

Eggs deposition time: Nocturnal

Frequency in a breeding season: 1-3 times

Duration between deposition of consecutive eggs: 20-28 days

Duration between two breeding seasons: 1-2 years

Number of eggs: 100-120

Incubation period: 45-55 days

Current status: The species is endangered due to the consumption of its eggs, destruction of breeding habitats, and the slaughter of adult turtles for leather and oil. Protected under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972

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