Characteristics Of Hawkbill Turtles

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BASIC BIOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Hawksbills, like other marine turtles, have a complicated life cycle and also their own characteristics. Each female leaves the sea, crawls up a sandy beach, and locates a nesting site above the level of the highest tide, typically within, or under, an area with plants. A female hawksbill turtle might make more than one attempt at digging a nest in the sand until she has successfully deposited a clutch of eggs in the nest which is at least 10 cm and as much as 90 cm underneath the surface of the sand. Each egg weighs 25 grams or more, and an average nest can have about 140 eggs (but sometimes there are as many as 250). After covering the nest, and after spending between 1 and 2 hours on the beach, the female hawksbill turtle will go back to her home in the sea. About 15 days later the same female hawksbill turtle will return, usually to the same area on the beach, and nest again, this process will be repeated until she finishes nesting for the season. The female hawksbill turtle will lay 1 to 7 or 8 batches of eggs. After this the female leaves the eggs on the beach to incubate on their own. Which means the parents do not take care or even meet their hatchlings.
The time for the eggs to hatch depends mainly on temperature, and may take 7 to 10 weeks for them to hatch. The gender of the hatchlings depends mostly on the temperature of the nest. After hatching, the hatchlings may take many days to dig up and emerge from the nest, which

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