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Indian Peafowl Feathers. Credit: USFWS

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Sea Turtle Leather
Credit: USFWS.

Sea Turtle Leather

Common Name: Sea Turtle
Scientific Name: Family Cheloniidae
Protected Status: U.S. ESA - Threatened or Endangered depending on species; CITES App. I
Laboratory Section: Morphology
What’s the Story? Sea turtle skin (from their throat, neck and flippers) was once commonly tanned and used in the leather garment industry. Commercial trade in sea turtle parts is now prohibited, though illegal trade still occurs. Proper identification of sea turtle leather is important to wildlife law enforcement efforts.

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