Temperate Oceans Animals

Class: Reptilia: Reptiles Diet: Shellfish
Order: Chelonia: Turtles and Tortoises
Size: 76 - 91 cm (30 - 36 in)
Family: Chelonidae: Marine Turtles Conservation Status: Critically endangered
Scientific Name: Eretmochelys imbricata Habitat: coral reefs, rocky coasts
Range: Tropical Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans; Caribbean

Size of HawksbillThe hawksbill's beautiful carapace provides the best tortoiseshell and is the reason for the endangered status of the species. Conservation controls have been introduced after many years of hunting, and imports are banned in some countries. The carapace is serrated at the back and has particularly thick, horny plates. The tapering head of the hawksbill is an adaptation for searching out food, such as mollusks and crustaceans, in rocky crevices and reefs.  In many areas hawksbills are opportunistic breeders, nesting on any beach convenient to feeding grounds. They lay more eggs at a time than any other turtle, usually about 150.

Range of Hawksbill
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