Hawksbill Turtle

Under the sea by Basan6

Description

Classification:

Animal, mammal, vertebrate, reptile

Special body covering:

Turtle have hard shells which help protect them against predetors.

Lifespan:

Estimated to be around 30 to 50 years

Size:

24 to 45 in (62.5 to 114 cm)

Weight:

100 to 150 lbs (45 to 68 kg)

Communication:

Scientists are not sure how they communicate but believe they use sight and sound.

Unusal characteristics:

  • Females return to the beaches where they were born to nest.

(NG ; TQ ; SP-image)

Habitat

Location:

Tropical reefs of the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific ocean.

Climate:

Tropical

(THTurtle)

Adaptation

Structures:

They have shells for protection.

They also have short, sturdy and webbed feet and have long claws.

They have a sharp beak instead of teeth

Behavior:

They have lungs so they come above the water surface every 4-5 hours to breathe.

(SP ; ST)

Food chain

Food source:
  • sponges (most of the time)
  • marine algea
  • sea urchins
  • fish

Where does the endangered species find food:

  • near reefs
  • shallow coastal waters

Predator:

  • Humans
  • sharks
  • crocodiles
  • large fish
  • octopi

(AMD ; Hawks)

Reasons for endangerment

  • Habitat loss of coral reef communities
  • Eggs and meat
  • Demand for turtle shells, leather, oil, perfume, cosmetics
  • Loss of beaches
  • Some get tangled in fishing traps

(AHST ; NPS)

Critical information

What is being done to help them:

  • Listed in 1996 as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
  • Listed endangered in 1970 by the United States Endangered Species Act (US. ESA).
  • The Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) has forbided the trade of turtle products in the international market.
  • Their exact population is unknown but they are listed as endangered.

With this, you'll save another generation of Hawksbill Turtles.

(ACM ; EI ; KT ; NPS)


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