Body and head brown, sometimes with dark patches. White to yellow underneath. Shell rounded to heart-shaped with 5 plates (costal shields) in a row either side. Young hatchlings red-brown above and black-brown below. Up to 1.5 m long.
These turtles lay about 100 eggs in sand on beaches, mainly from October to May. Their diet includes squid, crustaceans, sea urchins and jellyfish. They are not permanent residents in Victorian waters, occasionally coming south when warm ocean currents permit travel.
Open oceans and coasts.
Worldwide in tropical waters. 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 : Endangered