Kemp's Ridley Turtle

Joseph Anderson

Facts About Kemp's Turtle

  • Named Kemp's after Richard Kemp, who helped discover it.
  • Kemp's Ridley turtle is one of the smallest of the sea turtles with the adults only reaching around 2-3 feet in length and weighing up to 99 pounds. Lifespan of 30-50 years.
  • They have powerful jaws that help them eat crabs.
  • They live near the shore.
  • Females
  • between 7 and 15 usually mate every 1 to 3 years.
  • They are threatened because humans collect the eggs.


  • Incidental capture in fishing gear
  • Primarily in shrimp and other trawls, but also in gill nets, long lines, traps/ pots, and dredges
  • Egg collection was an extreme threat to the population, but since nesting beaches were afforded official protection in 1966, this threat no longer poses a major concern.


images and conservation and cites


  • The highly migratory behavior of these turtles makes them share resources. Conservation efforts for the turtles population is protecting the nests to ensure that the species continues to exist.
Release of Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]