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The leatherback sea turtle is the largest turtle and largest reptile in the world!

Appearance: The leatherback lacks a hard, bony shell, instead their shell is made of "leathery, oil saturated connective tissue overlaying loosely interlocking dermal bones" (NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources). As adults they are mostly black with different spotting.

Diet: Jellyfish and other soft-bodied, open ocean prey.

Location:
They live in the deep open ocean. They travel all over the oceans because they can live in a wide range of temperatures.

Interesting facts:
Leatherbacks can dive deeper than 3900 ft.
The largest leatherback ever found weighed almost 2020 lbs.

Information from:
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/turtles/leatherback.htm

 

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