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Seaturtles: Cheloniidae

Conservation Status

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) lists the olive ridley, loggerhead, and green seaturtles as Endangered, meaning that they face a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future. The hawksbill and Atlantic ridley seaturtles are Critically Endangered, meaning that they face an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future. Hunting and egg collecting, along with dangers that come from shrimping and fishing practices, are responsible for much of the decline in turtle numbers. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists the olive ridley seaturtle as Threatened, meaning that it is likely to face the danger of extinction in the near future in the United States. Certain populations of green seaturtle are Endangered, and others are Threatened. The hawksbill and Kemp's ridley are Endangered, and the loggerhead is Threatened.

Additional topics

Animal Life ResourceDinosaurs, Snakes, and Other ReptilesSeaturtles: Cheloniidae - Physical Characteristics, Diet, Behavior And Reproduction, Conservation Status, Green Seaturtle (chelonia Mydas): Species Accounts - GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, SEA TURTLES AND PEOPLE