Hawksbill Turtle

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Hawksbill turtle mating occurs in shallow waters every 2-3 years, but it’s unknown whether the turtles are promiscuous or monogamous.

Hawksbill turtle mating occurs roughly every 2 to 3 years and occurs mainly in shallow waters. No information is available as to whether or not these turtles have life-long partners or are promiscuous.

In northeastern Australia, first breeding is estimated to occur at 31-36 years for females and 38 years for males.

Data on reproductive longevity in Hawksbills is limited, but becoming available with increasing numbers of intensively monitored, long-term projects on protected beaches.

During the last decade, numerous individual Caribbean hawksbills have been recorded actively nesting over a period of 14-22 years. In the Indo-Pacific, Mortimer, Bresson, and Limpus have reported nesting over 17-20 years, comparable to other Chelonid turtles which range from 20 to 30 years.

Sources: (Carr, Carr, & Meylan, 1978; Edelman, 2004; Fitzsimmons, Tucker, & Limpus, 1995; Limpus, 1992; Limpus & Miller, 2008; Mortimer & Bresson, 1999; Mortimer & Donnelly, 2008; Parrish & Goodman, 2006; Pilcher; Pope, 1939; Ripple, 1996)
Image: Christian Gloor

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