Flatback turtle and tracks

Chordata- Reptilia


Between October and March, female flatback turtles crawl up onto WA’s northern beaches to lay their eggs. They must first find the perfect location, usually at the bottom of the sand dunes, where they dig a nest and then deposit about 50 ping-pong ball sized eggs. You can see their tracks in the sand. Then approximately 6 weeks later the eggs hatch and you can see the hatchling tracks as the hatchlings flee to the safety of the ocean. Female turtles return to the beach where they hatched to lay their own eggs when they are old enough.

Did you know?

Other species of turtle also lay their eggs in the North of WA, but majority of nesting turtles are flatback.