|IQWAL @ Turtle Sanctuary Cherating, Pahang|
IQWAL @ TURTLE SANCTUARY CHERATING, PAHANG
Color is a dark greenish brown with a marbled or radiating pattern.
The plastron is yellow and hinge-less. The head scales are black to chestnut brown in the center, with lighter margins. The chin and throat are yellow. Adults have an olive green or brown carapace(upper shell) with reddish brown, brown or black markings in a tortoiseshell pattern.
45kg - 70 kg in weight for an average adult, but can grow as large
as 90 kg
Olive Ridley Turtle
The Olive Ridley Turtle spends most of its time within 15 km of shore, preferring shallow seas for is feeding and sunbathing. However this species is observed in the open ocean as well
A small sea turtle with a round, flat carapace length averaging 60 to 70 cm. With large, triangular head, and an olive to grayish green carapace. The skin is gray, and the plastron is light greenish yellow or whitish. There are two pairs of prefrontals, and usually 5 - 9 costal shields on the sides, the first pair coming into contact with the nuchal. Males have longer thicker tails than females and well developed curved claws on the forelimbs.
1 - 2 times per season, every 14 - 30 days.
Nesting occurs mostly at night, but diurnal nesting also occurs. A female crawls onto the nesting beach, scoops a body pit, then digs a nest and lays a clutch of
30 - 170 eggs, which she covers with sand before crawling back into the ocean. The whole procedure takes less than an hour
Turtles will land on the beach at night, because the turtle needs dark areas to spawn. Some turtles will rise 5 to 10 times to lay eggs in one season (10 to 12 days later). Turtle landings at most is from March to September.
Tuesdays to Sundays
9am to 1pm
2pm to 4:30pm
9am to 12:00pm
3pm to 4:30pm
(The centre is closed from 12pm to 3pm for Friday prayer)