How To Recognize Hawksbill Turtleshell

Turtleshell (also sometimes incorrectly called “tortoiseshell”), comes from the shell of the hawksbill sea turtle and is made of keratin. It can be confused for items that look similar, including cow bone or horn, plastic, or coconut shell. This guide will help you tell the difference so you can accurately identify it when shopping for souvenirs.

When in doubt, purchase something that you can be sure is not turtleshell.