Hawksbill Turtle

Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) Similan Islands, Thailand Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) Similan Islands, Thailand
A Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) in Thailand

Credit: Yoichi Higashida

A swimming Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Credit: Helen Holmgren

Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) at The Similan Islands

Credit: Helen Holmgren

Hawksbill Turtle at The Similan Islands

Credit: Jane & David Williams

A Hawksbill Turtle at Koh Bon

Hawksbill Turtle Eretmochelys imbricata
Description

The Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a very popular species among divers and snorkellers. It has a colourful shell and a beautfiul shape. It's found in tropical and sub-tropical areas seas and oceans around the world. They were hunted almost to extinction for their shells, but numbers have bounced back in recent years. They are omnivorous, eating soft animals such as jellyfish, as well as algae, sea grass and corals.

Scientific Rank
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:
Chordata (Chordates)
Class:
Tetrapoda
Subclass: Reptilia: Reptiles
Order: Testudines (Turtles)
Family: Cheloniidae (Modern sea turtles)
Genus: Eretmochelys (Eretmochelys)
Species: Eretmochelys imbricata
Size
Average Size: 1 metre

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