What is the largest species of turtle in the gulf of Mexico?



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    The Leatherback sea turtle is the largest species of turtle in the gulf of Mexico.  This species has been endangered for many years and there are several projects and charities to save the animal from extinction. 

    The Leatherback turtle is also the largest living reptile across the globe.  With its “leathery” shell giving it its name, the leatherback turtle does not have a hard shell like other species of turtle.  They can grow to be as long as six and a half feet. 

    Leatherbacks are mostly black and may have white or pink spotting on the skin underneath its shell.  They are also a migratory species. 

    Seaturtles.org seems to be a very helpful website in learning more about this interesting species of turtle. 

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