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 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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