Hawksbill turtles nest on islands and mainland beaches in the tropics. The females come ashore to nest during the night or day. Nesting takes around 1 to 1.5 hours, and approximately 130 eggs are laid in a clutch. A female may produce 2 to 3 clutches in a reproductive season. She will then not mate for another 2 to 3 years. Hatchlings are 39-50 mm in length when they emerge from the sand.
- Ernst and Barbour, 1989; Lutz and Musick, 1997.
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