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Sea Turtle (Hawksbill)

Eretmochelys imbricata
Sea Turtle (Hawksbill)

Range

They are found in the tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Habitat

When they are small hatchlings, they hide in floating seaweed and ocean debris (styrofoam, tar balls, and plastic bits). As they get larger, they move to coral reef.

Body Traits

They have a beak-like mouth. They have 2 claws on each flipper. Their shell (carapace) is heart-shaped in young turtles and becomes longer as they age. Their head is long and comes to a point at their pointed mouth. Nesting females weigh about 175 pounds. This is a medium–sized sea turtle.

Habits

They use the caves and ledges in coral reefs as places to rest.

Diet

They eat sponges found on coral reefs.

Predators

Ocean pollution and man are their only real threat.

Reproduction

Females come out of the ocean onto the beaches in the Caribbean at night from July to October. They dig a pit in the beach, lay about 140 eggs, and fill in the nest. It takes 1 – 3 hours. Females will nest about 4 times in one season, every 2 weeks. Eggs hatch in 2 months.

Sea Turtle (Hawksbill)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: None
Family: Cheloniidae
Genus: Eretmochelys
Species: E. imbricata

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