Common name : Loggerhead turtle
Scientific name : Macrochelys temminckii
Family : Chelydridae
Native to : South-Eastern United States
Interesting fact : It lures fish and frogs by wiggling its bright red worm-like structure in its tongue.
Conservation status : Vulnerable
Spikes on the back and a powerful jaw give it the look of an alligator. These freshwater lovers hardly go basking. They lay still and catch their prey by surprise. Breeding happens late in winter or in early spring and a hotter incubation temperature gives rise to male hatchlings or vice versa. Loggerheads live for 50 to 100 years.