Threatened Species Day fact sheet
Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2005
About the fact sheet
The Flatback Turtle gets its name from its relatively flat, smooth shell – other marine turtles have a high domed shell. Flatback shells are wide with turned-up edges, covered by a thin fleshy skin and measure up to 1 metre long at adulthood. The colour is usually yellow-grey or olive-grey, with the underside a pale yellow. Flatbacks are a medium-sized marine turtle and can weigh up to 90 kilograms.
Hatchlings are olive-green with scutes (the plates on the shell) outlined in black. When they emerge they are usually larger than other marine turtle hatchlings and weigh around 43grams.