Diamondback Terrapin

Diamondback Terrapin

The diamondback terrapin is unique among all turtles, except sea turtles, in that it lives in coastal brackish waters (mixture of fresh and salt water). Their large beak and jaw muscles help them crush hard-bodied prey such as clams or shrimp. Diamondback terrapins were once overharvested for human consumption; today, they are largely at risk because of automobile collisions on roads, boat strikes in the water, and unattended crab traps. Conservation programs have allowed their populations to recover.

Malaclemmys terrapin


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Look for these turtles virtually any time in the Georgia Tidal Creek habitat in Scaly Slimy Spectacular. The youngest babies are very shy, and might require a bit of searching!

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