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Leatherback Sea Turtle

(Dermochelys coriacea)

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The largest of the world's seaturtles, to lengths of 1.7m(5ft) or more and weights of 550+kg (1200+lb). Backis black or brown, smooth, covered with a continuous layer of black, often white-spattered, leathery skin (instead of the hardened plates of other seaturtles); 7 ridges along back running front to rear; no claws on limbs; no scales on skin except in youngsters; front limbs up to 1m (3ft) long.


An open-ocean turtle, but occasionally feeds in shallow water of bays and estuaries; lays eggs on beaches. This species listed as endangered.

Found in the following Parks:

Cahuita National Park.
Corcovado National Park.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Tortuguero National Park.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), Costa Rica