Shorelines Animals

Diamondback Terrapin
Diamondback Terrapin
Class: Reptilia: Reptiles  Diet: Shellfish
Order: Chelonia: Turtles and Tortoises
Size: 10 - 23 cm (4 - 9 in)
Family: Emydidae: Emydid Turtles Conservation Status: Lower risk - Near threatened
Scientific Name: Malaclemys terrapin Habitat: salt marshes, estuaries, lagoons
Range: USA: Atlantic and Gulf coasts

Size of Diamondback TerrapinThis terrapin is the only North American emydid adapted for life in brackish and salt water. It is a strong, fast-swimming turtle with large hind limbs. Females are bigger than males.  Diamondbacks spend their days on mud flats or tidal marshes, feeding on snails, clams, and worms and on some plant shoots. At night they bury themselves in mud, and in the northern part of their range they hibernate during the winter, buried in the mud. Diamondbacks mate in the spring and lay 5 to 18 eggs in cavities which they dig in the marshes or dunes.

Range of Diamondback Terrapin
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