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  1. Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle By: Elizabeth Pepper

  2. Common & Latin Names Common Names- Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle or Atlantic Ridley Sea Turtle Latin Name- Lepidochelys kempii

  3. Life History Live in floating sargassum seaweed beds for their first years. Change color as they mature (colors on next slide)

  4. Physical Characteristics Size- 60-90 cm. (24-35 in.) Weight- 45 kg (99 lbs) Color- Hatchlings- Dark Gray-Black Mature adults- Yellow-Green or White plastron and a Grey-Green carapace

  5. Reproduction Age- 10-12 Gestation- The eggs are buried on shore for 45-70 days Litter size- 110 per clutch* Interesting Facts- Nest 2-3 times in a season, keeping 10-28 days between nestings Sex of hatchling is determined by temperature of in the area during incubation* Clutch- Al the eggs that are produced by birds, amphibians, or reptiles Incubation- The process of hatching eggs, cells, bacteria, & diseases

  6. Diet Mollusks Crustaceans Jellyfish Fish Algae or Seaweed Sea Urchins

  7. Habitat Warm shallow water that has muddy or sandy bottoms

  8. Distribution

  9. Ecology & Behavior Ecology Nests in large groups Nest on an average of every 1.5 years Behavior Strongly adapted to swimming Spends most of life in isolation Contact occurs only during mating & nesting

  10. Predators, Parasites, & Diseases Predators Tiger Sharks Herons Seabirds Killer Whales Humans Raccoons

  11. Predators, Parasites, & Diseases Parasites Papilloma virus Mycobacterium chelonae Collectotrichum acutatum Cephalosporium sp. Fusarium solani Scolecobasidium constrictum Paecilomyces sp. Penicillium sp. Ozobranchus margoi

  12. Predators, Parasites, & Diseases Diseases Fibropapillomatosis Osteoarthritis Pneumonia Dermatomycosis

  13. Cause of Listing Human Activities Collection of eggs Killing adults & juveniles for meat Incidental take by shrimp trawlers

  14. Status & Management Delaware Endangered Federal Critically Endangered Management Nesting under full protection in Mexico

  15. Impacts if Eliminated Seagrass beds will become unhealthy Coral Reefs will become unhealthy Key habitat for other marine life will be gone Marine food webs & facilitating nutrient cycle from water to land will be gone

  16. Sources http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/turtles/kempsridley.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kemp's_ridley_sea_turtle http://www.seaturtles911.org/turtle/kemps-ridley.htm http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Lepidochelys_kempii/ http://www.seaturtle.org/pdf/ocr/AlfaroA_2010_Synopsisofinfectionsinseaturtlescau.pdf http://oceana.org/sites/default/files/reports/Why_Healthy_Oceans_Need_Sea_Turtles.pdf http://www.fws.gov/northflorida/seaturtles/turtle%20factsheets/kemps-ridley-sea-turtle.htm http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/NHESP/information/Pages/Endangered.aspx