Animal of the Month – March

What is one of the smallest species of turtle?

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The Hawksbill Sea turtle! This omnivorous animal is often found in tropical coral reefs and unsurprisingly its diet consists of toxic coral reef sponges (that they’re immune too). Despite being protected by international turtle laws the IUCN (International Union Conservation of Nature) lists this animal as being critically endangered mainly because of humans. The eggs of these animals are often eaten for food,  the animal itself is often killed for their shells and/or the animal also become accidentally trapped in fishing nets.

More Information:

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/8005/0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawksbill_sea_turtle

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/hawksbill-turtle/

https://onekind.org/animal/sea-turtle-hawksbill/

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/497690/scitech/science/scores-of-baby-sea-turtles-released-in-davao-city

 

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