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Updated 12/9/2013

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Sea Turtles

Five species of sea turtle occur in the Hawaiian Islands.  The Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, genetically distinct from other populations, is the only one likely to be encountered.  Adults travel to French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian islands to breed and lay eggs.  A small number of rare Hawksbill and Olive Ridley turtles nest on beaches within the Main Hawaiian Islands.  All species are protected by law and may not be touched, disturbed, or harassed.

If you observe an injured or dead sea turtle do not handle the animal.  Call the State of Hawaii DOCARE conservation hotline at (808) 587-0077.  For more information see this link:

http://www.turtles.org/nmfs/index.html

 

HAWAII

Chelonia mydas

HAWAIIAN GREEN SEA TURTLE     honu

 

Eretmochelys imbricata

HAWKSBILL TURTLE    honu ´┐Żea

 

Lepidochelys olivacea

OLIVE RIDLEY SEA TURTLE

 


Sea Snakes

Sea snakes are indigenous to the Indo-Pacific region but are absent from Hawaii with the exception of a few Yellowbellied Sea Snakes that drift into local waters.  They have very potent venom but are quite shy and avoid human contact.  Very small teeth located to the rear of their mouth makes fatal bites very unlikely.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrophiidae

 

INDO-PACIFIC

Laticauda spp.

BANDED SEA CRAIT

 


Frogs & Toads

All members of this group were intentionally or accidentally introduced to Hawaii.  Some are serious pests.

HAWAII

Eleutherodactylus planirostris

GREENHOUSE FROG