Turtles around Cape San Blas

Most common types of Turtles

Found around Cape San Blas!


The Gulf Coast box turtle’s carapace is 7.1 inches long and dark brown with no pattern. Their plastron, limbs and head are all dark brown, and they have four toes.

Kemps Ridley

Kemps Ridley is the rarest sea turtle in the world. It is also the smallest species of sea turtle and is the most endangered turtle in the world. This species reaches a length of 2-2.5 feet (70-76 centimeters) and a weight of 85-100 pounds (39-45 kilograms).


The green sea turtle is a marine-dwelling species that can reach a length of 3.2 feet (98 centimeters) and a weight up to 400 pounds (181.4 kilograms) (Witherington et al. 2006). The name can be confusing as the green sea turtle carapace (top portion of the shell) is not actually green, the body fat is green.


The loggerhead sea turtle is a marine-dwelling species that ranges in size from 2.4 to 3.5 feet (74–107.5 centimeters) and can weigh between 155 to 412 pounds (70.2–186.8 kilograms) (Witherington, 2006).  This turtle species has a reddish-brown carapace (upper shell section) and a light to medium yellow plastron (lower shell section).