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The largest (heaviest & longest) turtles – Top 10

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The largest (heaviest & longest) turtles – Top 10

The largest (heaviest, longest) turtle – Top 10

First turtles appeared on Earth 220 million years ago, so they are one of the oldest animals. Currently live 228 species and 124 subspecies of these reptiles. Most turtles are small and medium in size, but some of them are real giants. Some of them can weigh over half a ton!

We must also remember that although the giant tortoises are long-lived animals, most of them are critically endangered.

Below is a summary of the longest and heaviest turtles in the world. Most of these turtles are aquatic animals, although there are also terrestrial animals such as Galápagos tortoise or Aldabra giant tortoise. The weight and length specified in the fact sheet are verified maximum values for a given species of turtle.

The largest turtles Top 10

Aldabra giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea)

Aldabra giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea).

Positions 11-7

11. Olive Ridley Turtle – 50 kg (110 lb) / 70 cm (2.3 ft)

10. Kemp’s ridley sea turtle – 50 kg (110 lb) / 90 cm (3 ft)

9. Flatback sea turtle – 84 kg (185 lb) / 95 cm (3.12 ft)

8. Black Sea Turtles – 126 kg (278 lb) / 100 cm (3.28 ft)

7. Hawksbill Turtle – 127 kg (280 lb) / 100 cm (3.28 ft)

Galápagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra)

Galápagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra).

Positions 6-2

6. Alligator snapping turtle – 183 kg (403 lb) / 81 cm (2.66 ft)

5. Aldabra giant tortoise360 kg (794 lb) / 150 cm (4.90 ft)

4. Galápagos tortoise400 kg (880 lb) / 187 cm (6.14 ft)

3. Green sea turtle500 kg (1100 lb) / 140 cm (4.6 ft)

2. Loggerhead sea turtle545 kg (1,202 lb) / 213 cm (7 ft)

loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta)

Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta).

The largest turtle in the world:

1. Leatherback sea turtle – 650 kg (1,430 lb) / 210 cm (6.90 ft)

Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)

Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea).

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