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Hawksbill Turtle

Hawksbill Turtle

Eretmochelys Imbricata

The Hawksbill sea turtle is considered endangered throughout its range, which is tropical and subtropical regions of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans; they are also found throughout the Caribbean Sea and the Western Atlantic Ocean. The Hawksbill is a small to medium sea turtle, with a yellow, orange, or reddish-brown coloration in its carapace. The head of a Hawksbill is quite small with a distinctive hawk-like beak. They feed mostly on sponges. An adult Hawksbill turtle may reach up to 3 feet in length and weigh up to 300 pounds. An adult female can lay an average of 4.5 nests per season, which occurs between April and November in the United States. Hawksbills are frequently found in rocky areas, coral reefs, and shallow coastal waters.

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