|NAME: Hawksbill Sea Turtle|
|SCIENTIFIC NAME: (Eretmochelys imbricata)|
|RANGE: Found in the warm ocean waters of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans. Located from Australia to Japan, southern Brazil to the British Isles. Also, found off of the southern coast of Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea.|
|HABITAT: These turtles live in the clear offshore waters off the mainland and on island shelves. Hawksbill Sea turtles are more commonly found in the locality of coral reef formations. They usually nest in the same proximity of the coral reefs. Hawksbill Sea turtles, however, tend to use many different habitat locations throughout their life cycle.|
|STATUS: Endangered status since 1970|
|DIET IN THE WILD: Hawksbill Sea turtle's, are omnivorous and have a widely variegating diet. Their diet consists of small sea grasses and plants found in different ocean depths and includes invertebrates, such as crustaceans, jellyfish, mollusks, sea urchins and sponges. WARNING: IF YOU GIVE A HOOT, DO NOT POLLUTE. At times these beautiful creatures mistake balloons, debris and plastic material pieces as food. This can in turn lead to a wide range of illness in these turtles or even death.|
|DIET IN THE ZOO: 50 grams of Capelin (a small fish), 50 grams of squid and 60 grams of Aquatic Omni gel. This is a food gel which contains many necessary nutrients and vitamins vital to the Hawksbill Sea turtle that it normally does not find in captivity.|
|LOCATION IN THE ZOO: The Hawksbill Sea turtle is located in the Texas Gulf Coast area of the Texas Wild Exhibit. It is housed in Alexander's Bait Shack.|
ANATOMICAL, BEHAVIORAL OR PHYSIOLOGICAL ADAPTATIONS:
Sea turtle has two pairs of prefrontal scales on its carapace. It also
has thick posterior overlapping scutes along with 4 pairs of costal scutes.
This sea turtle has two claws on each flipper and a beak like mouth. The
above features help in uniquely distinguishing the Hawksbill Sea turtle
from all other sea turtles.
ABOUT THE HAWKSBILL SEA TURTLE AT THE FORT WORTH ZOO:
The Hawksbill Sea turtle at the Fort Worth Zoo is housed in a medium sized standing aquarium. The turtle lives on its own. The turtle is on loan from the University of Texas Marine Science Institutes Rescue.
OBSERVATIONS: When I viewed the Hawksbill Sea turtle at the Fort
Worth Zoo. I noticed that it was dozing off. After a while of bustling
around in the water the turtle anchored itself near the bottom of the aquarium
tank and closed its eyes. I believe that it may have drifted off to sleep.
SWEET DREAMS :)
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: I would like to gratefully thank zoo keepers, Mike Maslanka and Blanca Zarate, for their continuous dedication to helping the animals at the Fort Worth Zoo and for helping me learn more information about the Hawksbill Sea turtle. Finally, I would like to thank my fellow classmates for continuously editing my web page drafts and Dr. Clark for enlightening and enhancing our brains to the never-ending world of Biology.
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