October 2018: Hawksbill Turtle

Scientific Name Eretmochelys imbricata
Alternate Name Caret, Tortue à bec faucon, Tortue à écailles, Tortue Caret, Tortue imbriquée, Tortuga de Carey
Collective Name Bale, Dole, Nest, Turn
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Testudines Cheloniidae Eretmochelys
Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America Marine Neritic, Marine Oceanic, Marine Intertidal
40-80 kg. 90-177 lb.
65-89 cm. 25-35 in. 20-50 yr. 35-45 yr. (Generation)
Critically Endangered Solitary Diurnal
Decreasing Omnivore
Fore Hind
3 Subspecies
E. i. bissa Indo-Pacific, Pacific
E. i. imbricata Atlantic
E. i. squamata Eastern Pacific

The hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a sea turtle that can be found in shallow, warm waters off the coast of nearly every continent, aside from Antarctica. Named for the sharp, pointed beak that resembles the beak of a bird of prey, this turtle can be easily identified from others, such as the green turtle. A migratory, species, the hawksbill travels miles within the seas, but always returns to its place of birth to breed and lay its own eggs. Unfortunately, the trip from the beach to the ocean is a dangerous adventure for newborn hawksbill turtles. The hawksbill is listed as “Critically Endangered” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

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