Hawksbill Turtle

Hawksbill Turtle

Photo Credit: Matt Cipher

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Name: Hawksbill Turtle

Class: Reptile

Origin: Atlantic, Pacific & Indian Oceans

Habitat: Coral Reefs

Size: 71cm-89cm & 40kg-70kg

Speed: 15mph

Diet: Sponges, Anemones & Squid

Predators: Sharks, Killer Whales, Crocodiles & Octopuses

Attack/Defence: Their hard shell is used for protection from predators as well as claws on their front flippers and a powerful jaw accompanied by a raptor like beak.

Conservation Status: Critically Endangered

Life Expectancy: 50 years

fascinating facts

The hawksbill turtles shell changes colour depending on water temperature.

 

They are endangered because their shells were once sought after for women's jewellery.

 

They are solitary for most of their lives and meet only to mate.

 

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