Hawksbill Sea Turtle

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Name

The Hawksbill Sea Turtle gets its name from its tapered head, which comes forward and ends in a point that looks like the beak of a hawk.
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Range

This turtle can be found roaming the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, or in shallow areas near coasts. They avoid deep waters and stay close to the coast becuase sponges are more abundant in these areas.

Appearance

The Hawksbill is a small turtle in comparison to other sea turtles, it is about 45 inches in shell length and about 150 pounds in weight. When it is young the turtle's shell is heart-shaped, but as it matures the shell elongates.
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Diet

These turtles are omnivores. They mainly eat sponges but they will also eat mollusks, fish, marine algae, crustaceans, and other sea plants and animals.

Endangered

The Hawksbill Sea Turtle is an endangered species native to the US. This turtle has become endangered due to some major threats including oil pollution, harvesting of eggs, killing for meat, and destruction of habitat.
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Conservation

The Wildlife Conservation Society is working to identify critical feeding grounds and provide safe nesting areas for the turtles. The WCS is also trying to cut down on poaching by providing alternative livelihoods and protein for those who rely on the eggs and meat of the Hawksbill Turtle.

Taxonomy

Class - reptilian

Order - testudines

Family - cheloniidae

Genus - eretmochelys

Species - imbricata

Scientific Name

Eretmochelys Imbricata

Habitat

The Hawksbill Sea Turtle lives in rocky areas, coral reefs, shallow coastal areas, and narrow creeks and passes, but doesn't usually live in waters deeper than 65 feet.