Description of the Hawksbill Turtle
*source: Pritchard & Mortimier (1999)
Relatively narrow; width to 12 cm; with a straight bird-like beak; two pairs of prefrontal scales.
Oval, with a strongly serrated posterior margin and thick overlapping (imbricate) scutes (except in hatchlings and some adults); four pairs of costal scutes, each with a slightly “ragged” posterior border; straight carapace length (SCL) to about 90 cm.
Yellow/gold in color (with dark blotches), typically four pairs of inframarginal scutes (without pores).