Leatherback Sea Turtle - Dermochelys coriacea

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*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.


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Subspecies: No subspecies recognized.

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Louisiana Range:  Coastal Parishes.

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Global Conservation Status:  Leatherback Sea Turtles are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G2 (Imperiled).

Federal Conservation Status:  The Leatherback Sea Turtle is a federally endagered species.

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Leatherback Sea Turtles have a ranking of SZ (transient species in which no consistent area of occurrence is identifiable). Leatherback Sea Turtles have a State Protection Status of ‘endangered’, meaning taking or harassment of this species is a violation of state and federal laws.

Author's Remarks: I have never observed this species in the wild. It is a very rare visitor to Louisiana’s coast.

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