diamondback terrapin


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diamondback terrapin

n.
A turtle (Malaclemys terrapin) of salt marshes and estuaries of the eastern and southern United States, having edible flesh and a carapace with diamond-shaped ridged or knobbed markings.

dia′mondback ter′rapin


n.
any turtle of the genus Malaclemys, of eastern and southern U.S. tidewaters.
[1875–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.diamondback terrapin - of marshes along Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of United Statesdiamondback terrapin - of marshes along Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of United States
terrapin - any of various edible North American web-footed turtles living in fresh or brackish water
genus Malaclemys, Malaclemys - American terrapins
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Workshop on the ecology, status, and management of the diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin), Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, 2 August 1994: final results and recommendations.
Crab-eating in the diamondback terrapin Malaclemys terrapin: dealing with dangerous prey.
Viewing platforms offer opportunities for viewing eagles and other sensitive species, a pollinator garden, a bluebird box trail that runs on all six golf courses, and Diamondback Terrapin hatcheries are evidence of residents' passion for local wildlife.
DIAMONDBACK TERRAPIN HATCHLING ORIENTATION: TO SEA OR NOT TO SEA?
Burger (1976) reported significantly higher mortality in shallow nests of the northern diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin terrapin) due to exposure to high temperatures.
Restricted to saltwater and brackish habitats, the diamondback terrapin can be seen floating in quiet bays with just its head above the surface; its white "lips" are a good field mark.
The others are the box, mud, Blanding's, wood turtles and the diamondback terrapin.
The team began coordinating efforts to restore a sandhill ecosystem in Keystone Heights and monitored important diamondback terrapin nesting on Big Talbot Island with the help of Team Terrapin volunteers who contributed 400 volunteer hours during the season.
The diamondback terrapin is the only species of turtle that lives in the brackish waters of New Jerseys coastal marshes and estuaries.
Bycatch was dominated by blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) and Florida stone crab (Menippe mercenaria) and included 5 diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) and 1 clapper rail (Rallus crepitans).
And the University of Maryland raised $12,000 to map its mascot, the diamondback terrapin.