Information About Sea Turtles: Species Identification Key

Trying to identify a species of sea turtle that you saw? Use the following key with diagrams to solve the mystery! Start with Number 1 and follow the links until you find the species.
1.

* Body consists of a very flexible carapace (upper part of shell) with 5 distinct dorsal ridges running the length of the animal.
* Flippers without claws
* Carapace is dark grey or black in color with white, pink or pale spots


Its a Leatherback Sea Turtle
OR

* Body has a bony carapace with no ridges. Large hard scutes (scales) present
* Flippers with one or more claws


Go to 2 -->


Sea Turtle Conservancy
4424 NW 13th St, Suite B-11
Gainesville, FL 32609
Phone: 352-373-6441
Fax: 352-375-2449
stc@conserveturtles.org
General Information
About STC
Sea Turtles
Programs
Turtle Tracker
Barrier Island Center
Membership
Adopt-A-Turtle
Donate
Renew
Get Involved
Other
Shop
Media
Privacy Policy
Site Map




© 1996 - 2015 Sea Turtle Conservancy, all rights reserved. The Sea Turtle Conservancy® logo and logo turtle are registered trademarks of the Sea Turtle Conservancy.