hawksbill turtle

Scientific name Eretmochelys imbricata
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1766
IUCN category CR
Family Cheloniidae
Genus Eretmochelys
Eretmochelys imbricata Eretmochelys imbricata


Eretmochelys imbricata, commonly known as hawksbill turtle, is a salt water reptile.

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Who is it?


  • Size
    80 - 90 cm
  • Weight
    100 - 120 kg
  • Motif
  • Longevity
    50 year
  • Size
    80 - 90 cm
  • Weight
    100 - 120 kg
  • Motif
  • Longevity
    50 year

How to recognize the hawksbill turtle ?

The hawksbill turtle measures between 80 and 90 cm. This reptile is multicolore with a predominantly rouge, jaune, noir and marron body. The also has tasks.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • Sociability
  • Way of living
  • Venomous
  • Diet
    not specified

The hawksbill turtle is a reptile solitary. This species is omnivorous with carnivorous tendency .

Although the hawksbill turtle is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui enfouit ses œufs
  • Clutch size
    50 - 200 eggs

The hawksbill turtle is a reptile ovipare qui enfouit ses œufs.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

Where to see this species?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    20 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 300 m

Biotope presentation

The hawksbill turtle is most often found at a depth between 0m and 300m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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