Lampedusa curiosities and traditions
Sanctuary of Madonna di Porto Salvo
Carreta Carreta turtle of Lampedusa
Animals that are perfectly adapted to the aquatic life thanks to the elongated shape of the body covered by a tough shell and to the presence of "Paws" transformed into flippers.
At birth and long about 5 cm. The length of a exemplary adult and 80 - 140 cm, with a variable weight between 100 and 160 kg. The head is large, with the beak very warped. The limbs are very developed, especially the front, and fitted with two nails in young individuals that are reduced to a in adults.
It has a spine of red brown, striped with dark in young specimens, and a slab yellowish,in the shape of a heart, often with large orange spots, equipped with two plaques prefrontal and a horny beak very robust. The shield of the dorsal carapace is equipped with five pairs of coastal shields; the shield front single door five plaques. The young fish often show a hull notched dorsal that gives it an appearance of the "back to saw". Males are distinguished from the females for the long queue that develops with the attainment of sexual maturity, which occurs around 13 years.