Florida Hawksbill Turtle
The Florida Hawksbill Turtle
Eretmochelys imbricata
Photo credit: aquaimages

 

The Endangered Reptiles of Florida

 

 

The Turtles of Florida

 

Endangered or Threatened Florida Sea Turtles

 

Endangered or Threatened Florida Freshwater Turtles

 

The Florida Hawksbill Turtle
Eretmochelys imbricata

 

Classified as an Endangered Species, (ESA) in 1970,

the Hawksbill Turtle is frequently seen

in Southwestern Florida Coastal areas.

 

But, this smallish Sea Turtle is running out of food,

which consists primarily of the sponges found

in their preferred habitat, coral reefs,

both of which are rapidly declining.


Hawksbill Sea Turtle
Photo credit: NOAA

 

These declines combined with the enormous appeal

of their shells in the designer fashion market,

leaves the survival status of this turtle in doubt.

 

Hawksbills are not protected world wide, so the

U.S. has no jurisdiction over what other countries

may do or not to protect endangered Sea Turtles.

 

In the Caribbean, they are simply a commodity

to be exchanged.

 


Places to learn more:

National Park Service

Hawksbill

 

NOAA

Hawksbill Information

Hawksbill Photos

Species Profile: Hawksbill

 

US Fish & Wildlife

Hawksbill Turtle

 

General Sea Turtle Information:

US Fish & Wildlife

Sea Turtle Fast Facts

Sea Turtle Information

 


 

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