Field Guide to Maryland's Turtles (Order Testudines)
Photo of Loggerhead Seaturtle courtesy of JohnWhite
31 - 45 inches. Record – 83 inches
Photo of Loggerhead Seaturtle
(ventral view) courtesy of JohnWhite
Open sea to near shore and brackish bays. Occasionally found in the tidal brackish portions of larger coastal rivers. Nest on sandy ocean-side beaches.
How to Find
Our most common sea turtle, they can be viewed from May to November near shore and offshore (adults) or in the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays (juveniles) while boating, as they spend a great deal of time floating on the surface. In recent years there have been a few nesting attempts on the beaches of Fenwick and Assateague Islands. Nesting is typically at night from June to August. State and federally listed as Threatened. If you find any nesting loggerheads, do not disturb them. Please contact DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service.
Distribution in Maryland
Aquatic areas of the Coastal Bays and Chesapeake. May nest is Worcester County.
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