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).
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Growth rates, sex ratio, and population structure of diamondback terrapins, Malaclemys terrapin, from the Atlantic coast of Florida.
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The impact of commercial crab traps on northern diamondback terrapins, Malaclemys terrapin terrapin.
Temperature relations in nests of the northern diamondback terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin terrapin.