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submitted by Museum Administration on 17.10.2003

Frog

On most of the island frogs are seen only in winter, when the wet weather brings them out. This one was found as road-kill in the winter of 1992, near Fratsia. Photograph ©James Prineas, 2003

Natural History Museum > Reptiles & Amphibians

submitted by Museum Administration on 15.10.2003

Lizard

Lizards are plentiful on Kythera. This one was greenish blue, with a skull that's 2.5 cm long. Gift of Tom Schreuder, Sem Schreuder and Inge de Leeuw. Photograph © James Prineas, 2003

Natural History Museum > Reptiles & Amphibians

submitted by Museum Administration on 14.10.2003

Baby Loggerhead Turtle

When a baby loggerhead hatches from its shell, it makes its way to the sea following a path of moonlight reflected on the water. On over-developed beaches, campfires and electric lights can compete with moonlight, confusing the newly hatched turtles who may get lost and die on the beach.

Baby loggerhead turtle, found dried up on Skandia beach, 2001. 5 cm. Gift of Zoe Paul. Photograph ©James Prineas, 2003

Natural History Museum > Reptiles & Amphibians

submitted by Museum Administration on 14.10.2003

Loggerhead Turtle Shell

The Loggerhead Turtle has a long, oval, reddish brown shell. This one was found washed up on Fyri Ammos Beach in Agia Pelagia by Sem Schreuder, Tom Schreuder and Inge de Leeuw. Gift of Zoe Paul and Susan Moxley.

Loggerhead shell, 50 cm long. Photograph ©James Prineas, 2003

Natural History Museum > Reptiles & Amphibians

submitted by Museum Administration on 14.10.2003

Loggerhead Turtle Skull

Loggerhead Turtle, Caretta caretta

This large, magnificent creature has powerful jaws, with which it devours clams, crabs, sea urchins and jellyfish. This specimen was found washed up on Fyri Ammos Beach, Agia Pelagia, in 2001. Gift of Sem Schreuder, Tom Schreuder and Inge de Leeuw.

Loggerhead Turtle skull, side view. 17 cm. Photograph ©Peter B. Tzannes, 2003

Natural History Museum > Reptiles & Amphibians

submitted by Museum Administration on 17.10.2003

Loggerhead Skull, back view

Loggerhead Turtle, Caretta caretta

This turtle skull is beautiful from any angle, even from behind. Found on Fyri Ammos Beach, Agia Pelagia, in 2001. Gift of Sem Schreuder, Tom Schreuder and Inge de Leeuw.

Loggerhead Turtle skull, 17 cm. Back view. Photograph ©Peter B. Tzannes, 2003

Natural History Museum > Reptiles & Amphibians

submitted by Museum Administration on 30.12.2003

Loggerhead Turtle Skull, front view

Loggerhead Turtle, Caretta caretta

Loggerheads are the most common turtles in the Greece, but their numbers are dwindling as they are often caught in fishing nets, and frequently choke on pieces of floating plastic, which they mistake for jellyfish. This victim washed up on Fyri Ammos Beach, Agia Pelagia, in 2001. Gift of Sem Schreuder, Tom Schreuder and Inge de Leeuw.

Loggerhead Turtle skull, 17 cm. Front view. Photograph ©Peter B. Tzannes, 2003