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Hawksbill Sea Turtle
Hawksbill sea turtle
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Testudines
Family Cheloniidae
Genus Eretmochelys
Species E. imbricata
Conservation Status
Critically Endangered
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The hawksbill sea turtle, always hunted for it's attractive 'tortoise shell', seems headed for extinction. The main reason it faces extinction is the increasing number of eggs stolen. More than half of the eggs laid by a hawksbill sea turtle are stolen by humans. The turtles coral reef feeding grounds are also in danger. It may be too late to save this species. The hawksbill sea turtle is a critically endangered turtle. Its habitat is clear ocean waters. Their diet is marine invertabrates. The hawksbill sea turtle is the only member of it's genus, Eretmochelys. Hawksbill sea turtles nest on Mona Island, Puerto Rico, and can be seen in the surrounding shallow waters.


The hawksbill's narrow head and jaws shaped like a beak allow it to get food from crevices in coral reefs. They eat sponges, anemones, squid and shrimp.


The normal lifespan of hawksbill turtles is thought to be about 30 to 50 years.


  • Hawksbill sea turtles get their name from their hawk-like beak.
  • They eat jellyfish, sponges, and small mollusks.
  • Plastic bags are like food to them which can make them sick, so please don't litter.
  • Males have long tails and females have short tails.
  • Females lay 60-200 eggs every 2-3 years.
  • Humans harvest their shells to make jewelry. This is why hawksbill sea turtles are endangered.
  • Hawksbill sea turtles can hold their breath for hours.
  • Please do not touch them!
  • Hawksbill turtles can be found in the coastal waters of more than 108 countries.
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