Body green-grey to grey above and white underneath. Shell rounded to heart-shaped with 6 or more plates (costal shields) in a row either side. Young hatchlings black-brown. Up to 1.5 m long.
These turtles lay about 100 eggs in sand on beaches and eat small crabs and shellfish. They are not permanent residents in Victorian waters, occasionally coming south when warm ocean currents permit travel.
Open oceans and coasts.
Parts of Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Mainly northern Australia. Occasional visitor to Victorian coastal waters and Port Phillip.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Endangered
- IUCN Red List : Vulnerable