Leatherback Sea Turtle -Dermochelys coriacea


*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.

Other Common Names:

Subspecies:No subspecies recognized.


Similar Species:

Species Range:

Louisiana Range:Coastal Parishes.


Natural History:

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Global Conservation Status: Leatherback Sea Turtles arelisted as Vulnerable by theIUCN Red List.Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G2 (Imperiled).

Federal Conservation Status: TheLeatherback Sea Turtleis a federally endagered species.

Louisiana Conservation Status: Leatherback Sea Turtles have a ranking ofSZ (transient species in which no consistent area of occurrence is identifiable). Leatherback Sea Turtles have a State Protection Status of‘endangered’,meaningtaking or harassment of this species is a violation of state andfederal 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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