Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle

Lepidochelys kempii

Body Length:Up to 30"
Weight:Up to 110 lbs
Geographic Distribution:Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean
Habitat:Shallow coastal waters, bays, and lagoons
Wild Diet:Crustaceans, sea jellies, and algae
Zoo Diet:Commercial softbill pellet, fruit, vegetables, insects, and mice
Status in the Wild:Critically Endangered
Location:The Living Coast

The Kemp's Ridley is the world's smallest sea turtle, with an olive-gray carapace and light yellowish to green plastron. Front flippers have one nail. Back flippers are significantly shorter and have one or two nails. The turtle's head is triangular in shape with a slightly hooked beak.