Hawksbill Turtles

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Hawksbill Turtles

Description:The hawksbill is one of the smaller sea turtles. Head is narrow and has 2 pairs of prefrontal scales (scales in front of its eyes). Jaw is not serrated. Carapace is bony without ridges and has large, over-lapping scutes (scales) present and has 4 lateral scutes. Carapace is elliptical in shape. Flippers have 2 claws. The carapace is orange, brown or yellow and hatchlings are mostly brown with pale blotches on scutes.

Name:Hawksbill TurtleScientific Name:Eretmochelys imbricata

Threats:The greatest threat to hawksbill sea turtle is the harvesting for their prized shell, often referred to as "tortoise shell." In some countries the shell is still used to make hair ornaments, jewelry, and other decorative items.

Population:Between 20,000 and 23,000 nesting females.

Habitat:Typically found around coastal reefs, rocky areas, estuaries and lagoons.

Critically Endangered


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