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Hawksbill Sea Turtle

(Eretmochelys imbricata)

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A small to mid-sized sea turtle; shield-shaped back mainly dark greenish brown; yellow underneath; head scales brown or black; jaws yellowish with dark markings; chin and throat yellow; 2 claws on each front leg; narrow head and the tapering hooked 'beak' give the species its name; to 90cm (35in). (Tortuga Carey).


Feeds in clear, shallow ocean water near rocks and reels, and also in shallow bays, estuaries, and lagoons; lays eggs on beaches. This species is listed as endangered.

Found in the following Parks:

Cahuita National Park.
Corcovado National Park.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Tortuguero National Park.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), Costa Rica