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HAWKSBILL TURTLE
(Eretmochelys imbricata bissa)
There are 2 subspecies of the Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Common Name

Scientific Name

Distribution

Indo-Pacific Hawksbill Turtle

(Eretmochelys imbricata bissa)

 Indian and Pacific Oceans

Atlantic Hawksbill Turtle

Eretmochelys imbricata imbricata

 Atlantic Ocean

Hawksbill Turtle Eretmochelys imbricata bissa
Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata bissa) photographed at (Jumeirah Al Naseem Turtle rehabilitation lagoon - Dubai)


HAWKSBILL TURTLE Eretmochelys imbricata bissa REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA map
Map of Australian resident populations

The Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) has a "worldwide" distribution

Hawksbill Turtle Eretmochelys imbricata bissa
Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata bissa) photographed at (Jumeirah Al Naseem Turtle rehabilitation lagoon - Dubai)

Hawksbill Turtle Eretmochelys imbricata bissa
Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata bissa) photographed at (Jumeirah Al Naseem Turtle rehabilitation lagoon - Dubai)

HAWKSBILL TURTLE Eretmochelys imbricata bissa REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata bissa)

HAWKSBILL TURTLE Eretmochelys imbricata bissa REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata bissa)

Hawksbill Turtle Eretmochelys imbricata bissa
Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata bissa) photographed at (Jumeirah Al Naseem Turtle rehabilitation lagoon - Dubai)

Hawksbill Turtle Eretmochelys imbricata bissa
Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata bissa) photographed at (Jumeirah Al Naseem Turtle rehabilitation lagoon - Dubai)

Hawksbill Turtle Eretmochelys imbricata bissa
Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata bissa) photographed at (Jumeirah Al Naseem Turtle rehabilitation lagoon - Dubai)

Hawksbill Turtle Eretmochelys imbricata bissa
Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata bissa) photographed at (Jumeirah Al Naseem Turtle rehabilitation lagoon - Dubai)

Hawksbill Turtle Eretmochelys imbricata bissa
Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata bissa) photographed at (Jumeirah Al Naseem Turtle rehabilitation lagoon - Dubai)


This Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata bissa) with a missing flipper was photographed at (Jumeirah Al Naseem Turtle rehabilitation lagoon - Dubai)

HAWKSBILL TURTLE Eretmochelys imbricata REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA 
Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)
 

HAWKSBILL TURTLE Eretmochelys imbricata bissa REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

HAWKSBILL TURTLE Eretmochelys imbricata bissa REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

This species of sea turtle is critically endangered and is the primary source of tortoise shell material. Note that unlike some other sea turtles, Hawksbills make assymetrical tracks in the sand. Also this species may be poisonous to eat because this species often eats toxic sea creatures.


HYBRIDS

Note that hybrids can occur in the wild between Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) and Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) as well as Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta caretta) and Pacific Ridley Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea)

LINKS OF INTEREST 

Rare Hybrid Hawksbill x Green Sea Turtle Released in Florida
SMARTNEWS

Hawksbill x Loggerhead sea turtle hybrids at Bahia,
Brazil: where do their offspring go?

US National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health

Hybridization Among the Ancient Mariners: Characterization of Marine Turtle Hybrids With Molecular Genetic Assays
Journal of Heredity

Information about Australian Turtles and Tortoises


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