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Carolina Diamondbacked Terrapin

Malaclemys terrapin

Description:

Turtle with spots on the gray fleshy parts of the skin. Shell has concentric ring patterns in each scute or plate. The Diamond-backed Terrapin is categorized as "Near Threatened" (NT) by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Habitat:

Makes its home in brackish tidal marshes on the East coast.

Notes:

Spotted on Big Talbot Island's Spoonbill Pond, Jacksonville, FL. These turtles have made a huge comeback after mass consumption and over hunting due to conservation efforts.

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robert emond
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robert emond

Spotted on May 28, 2018
Submitted on May 30, 2018

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