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The diamondback terrapin is known for the diverse patterns intricately grooved into its shell. This pattern makes the turtle instantly recognizable, however it does not solve the problem of conservation for these coastal animals.
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researchers exploring strategies for conserving the Diamondback Terrapin along Alabama's Dauphin Island coastline are working to keep the once-celebrated turtle off the endangered species list.
For long, long stretches, it may seem as if we never bring you any good news about the Chesapeake Bay. But we did on Sunday. True, we weren't able to report that the state reptile, the diamondback terrapin, is making a comeback.
The Diamondback Terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin, is a species of turtle native to the brackish coastal swamps of the eastern and southern United States. They are found from as far north as Cape Cod, Massachusetts to as far south as Corpus Christi, Texas. The species is named for the diamond pattern on top of its shell, but the pattern and coloration varies greatly by species. The coloring of the shell can vary from browns to grays, and their body color can be gray, brown, yellow, or white....
- Large; stout; burly.