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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.
Conservation agencies have released one of the most endangered turtles -- a Southern River Terrapin -- back into the wild, with officials, conservationists, and local residents attending the release ceremony on January 16.
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.
State conservation officials have proposed setting a 10-week hunting season for snapping turtles, while establishing both size and bag limits to protect the reptile that was named the state turtle last year.
The European Pond Terrapin (Emys orbicularis) also known as the European Pond Tortoise or European Pond Turtle, is a species of turtle found in southern and central Europe, West Asia and North Africa. It inhabits slow-flowing waters and nearby areas. It hibernates for up to seven months of the year at the bottom of the waterbed. Its shell is brown with a hint of green, and spotted yellow. Photo Copyright and Credit
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....
The Red-eared Slider, Trachemys scripta elegans, called the Red-eared Terrapin in the UK, is native to the southern United States, and has become common in the United Kingdom. It is a member of the turtle family. They are almost totally aquatic, but leave the water to bask on hot sunny days almost constantly and slide frantically off the logs when approached - hence the name. Throughout the day they will climb out of the water, bask until dry and warm, then dive back in to wet themselves and...
- A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.