Hawksbill turtle

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Hawksbill Turtle
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Eretmochelys imbricata in Útila.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Cheloniidae
Genus: Eretmochelys
Species: E. imbricata
Binomial name
Eretmochelys imbricata

Eretmochelys imbricata bissa (Rüppell, 1835)
Eretmochelys imbricata imbricata (Linnaeus, 1766)

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Range of the Hawksbill turtle

Eretmochelys imbricata squamata junior synonym

The Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is an endangered species of turtle. It is mostly seen in shallow lagoons and coral reefs where the sea sponges it eats live. It is smaller than the Australian flatback turtle: it is usually a little more than two feet long. It usually weighs about 150 pounds. It has the most pointed beak among sea turtles, which is how it gets its name. The hawksbill gets food from inside coral reefs, eating sponges, shrimp, squid, and other invertebrates. The hawksbill pointy beak helps the turtle get food out of the tiny cracks and holes in which it searches.

Though they are sometimes seen in American waters, hawksbill turtles almost always nest in the warmer climates that run along the equator. Because people use the shell to make jewelry and other things, the hawksbill turtle is endangered.

They are endangered because there nests are landfilled and people eat their eggs.