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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Biology and conservation of the diamondback terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin, in Alabama.
Nesting ecology and predation of diamondback terrapins, Malaclemys terrapin, at Gateway National Recreation Area, New York.
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Suborder Blennioidei 0 47 Black sea bass Centropristis striata 1 0 Pinfish Lagodon rhomboides 1 0 Snapping shrimps Alpheoidea 0 27 Banded tulip Fasciolaria lilium 0 1 Polychaetes Polychaeta 0 4 Brittle star Ophiuroidea 0 20 Anemone Anemone 0 1 Clapper rail Rallus crepitans 1 0 Diamondback terrapin Malaclemys terrapin 5 0 Hermit crabs Paguroidea 0 2 Purple sea urchin Strongylocentrotus 0 1 purpuratus