Diamondback Terrapin

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Diamondback Terrapin

 

(Malaclemys terrapin), a fresh-water turtle. The flattened carapace measures 15–20 cm in length in females, and 10–14 cm in males. The digits are webbed. The diamondback terrapin is found along the eastern seaboard of the USA, where it inhabits salt waters and brackish, swampy waters. It has a lifespan of 20–30 years. The female lays 20–30 eggs per season, which she buries in the ground near shores. The diamondback terrapin feeds on crustaceans, mollusks, and insects. It reproduces well in captivity and is raised for its prized flesh on special farms.

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The effects of salinity and temperature on appetite in the diamondback terrapin Malaclemys terrapin (Latreille).
Urea and osmoregulation in the diamondback terrapin Malaclemys centrata centrata (Latreille).
ASSESSING CARAPACE MORPHOLOGY VARIABILITY RELATIVE TO INCUBATION TEMPERATURE AND SEX IN HATCHLING AND POST-HATCHLING DIAMONDBACK TERRAPINS, MALACLEMYS TERRAPIN.
For instance, Burger (1976b) found that nest depth influenced the survivorship of eggs of Malaclemys terrapin buried at open, sunny nest sites; all eggs survived at a mean depth of 18.
Resource partitioning by the estuarine turtle Malaclemys terrapin: trophic, spatial, and temporal foraging constraints.
The diamondback terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin, was once a very abundant species in the salt marshes of Alabama.
Throughout their range, populations of diamondback terrapins, Malaclemys terrapin, are experiencing declines from historic levels.
Field and laboratory studies of tidal activity in the turtle Malaclemys terrapin terrapin.
Temperature relations in nests of the northern diamondback terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin terrapin.
STEROID HORMONE LEVELS AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR OVERALL REPRODUCTIVE PHYSIOLOGY IN THE DIAMONDBACK TERRAPIN, MALACLEMYS TERRAPIN.