- Species Profile for Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)
Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)
Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND
The endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle is one of seven species of sea turtles found throughout the world. One of the smaller sea turtles, it has overlapping scutes (plates) that are thicker than those of other sea turtles. This protects them from being battered against sharp coral and rocks during storm events.
Adults range in size from 30 to 36 inches (0.8-1.0 meters) carapace length, and weigh 100 to 200 pounds (45-90 kilograms). Its carapace (upper shell) is an attractive dark brown with faint yellow streaks and blotches and a yellow plastron (under shell). The name "hawksbill" refers to the turtle's prominent hooked beak.
- States/US Territories in which the Hawksbill sea turtle, Entire is known to or is believed to occur:
, American Samoa
, New Hampshire
, New Jersey
, New York
, North Carolina
, Northern Mariana Islands
, Puerto Rico
, Rhode Island
, South Carolina
, Virgin Islands
- US Counties in which the Hawksbill sea turtle, Entire is known to or is believed to occur:
- USFWS Refuges in which the Hawksbill sea turtle, Entire is known to occur:
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge, Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge
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- Countries in which the the Hawksbill sea turtle, Entire is known to occur:
American Samoa, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Southern Territories, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Nauru, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Northern Mariana Islands, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Reunion, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United States, U.S. Pacific Outlying Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen
- Additional species information
Current Listing Status Summary
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Federal Register Documents
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Current Recovery Plan(s)
Five Year Review
» Critical Habitat
To learn more about critical habitat please see http://ecos.fws.gov/crithab
» Conservation Plans
» Life History
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