Hawksbill Turtle

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The hawksbill turtle communicates by the use of ritual mating behaviors and breeds in shallow waters near the shore.

The hawksbill turtle communicates by the use of ritual mating behaviors.

Copulation usually begins in shallow waters near the shore where males lie and wait for the females to return. At times, males have been seen following the females on shore. However, this behavior is rarely observed.

Sources: (Edelman, 2004; Ernst, Lovich, Barbour, 1994; Pope, 1939)
Image: Christian Gloor

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