Dive deeper with these cold-blooded reptiles
Turtles are very cool aquatic reptiles and Gladstone is very important to the lives of two species in particular - the flatback and green turtles - although you can find others like the loggerhead, the leatherback, the olive ridley or the hawksbill (like the one in the picture below) foraging in the region too!
The flatback turtle is endemic to Australia, meaning you can only find it here, while other turtles like the green turtle, the loggerhead, or the hawksbill can all be found in other places around the world as well as in our own backyard!
On this page you will find interesting and important information about the sea turtles found in the Gladstone area, as well as some simple ways you can help protect these important species and their habitats!
Be sure to check out the terrific turtle activities where you can:
- test what you've learned from the fact sheets in a fun
- show off your artistic skills
- give your detective skills a workout with our turtles
What’s in a name?
Green turtles don’t get their name from the colour of their shell, but the colour of their fat! It is green from the algae and sea grasses they eat!
Self defence for turtles
Hatchlings have quite the struggle early in their life, with many natural predators. Flatback hatchlings are among the largest of the sea turtles, which gives them a bit more protection early on in life.
Coming up for air
Turtles need to surface to breathe air, sometimes as often as every few minutes, or sometimes as rarely as every 90 minutes. But regardless of how often they need to surface, this means that they face major danger if they get caught in fishing nets or other traps underwater – they can drown if they don’t come up for air!
Be sure to dispose of your fishing nets and lines safely!