What is the largest turtle in America?



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    The largest turtle in America, as well as the world, is the Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea). In fact, it’s also the largest living reptile in the world. Adult turtles can grow up to six and a half feet long, and weigh up to 2,000 pounds. Leatherbacks are also the only turtles lacking a hard shell; their shells consist of leathery tissue approximately 1.5 inches thick.

    Leatherback turtles can be found in many regions, including off the coasts of North America. Here’s a link to a map of the leatherback turtle’s range from NOAA Fisheries: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/rangemaps/leatherback_turtle.pdf

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