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The Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricate) is a small to medium-sized animal and is the only sea turtle with overlapping shell scales, with two pairs of plates between the eyes. The adult turtle's curved shell is amber with streaks of red-brown, black-brown, or yellow. The underside is whitish- yellow and sometimes has black spots. Adult females range from 24-38 inches (61-96 cm) in length and weigh between 60-190 pounds (27-86 kg). The life span of this species remains unknown. Hawksbills are omnivorous (eating both meat and vegetation), feeding mostly on algae, sea grasses, soft corals, crustaceans, mollusks, sponges, jellyfish, and sea urchins.