The Hawksbill Turtle

By: Taylor Rosson

An Overview of the Hawksbill Turtle

The Hawksbill Turtle is an aquatic sea turtle. It is one of the rarest turtles in existence and is the only species in the Eretmochelys genus. Young Hawksbills have heart shaped shells and as they age their shell becomes elongated.Their heads narrow down to a point similar to a hawks bill which is where they get their names. The Hawksbills diet consists of algae, other shellfish, and even jellyfish, but they are still preyed upon by crcodiles, sharks, and even humans.

The Hawksbill Enviornment

They live in shallower areas near coast where they can easily find a sandy area to lay their eggs. While in water they are most likely to be found in coral reefs where they feed on sponges. These turtles stay away from deeper waters.

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Works Cited

"Hawksbill Sea Turtles, Hawksbill Sea Turtle Pictures, Hawksbill Sea Turtle Facts - National Geographic." National Geographic. National Geographic, 2015. Web. 09 Dec. 2015.