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).
In the current study, these theories were examined relative to the reproductive biology of the diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin
pileata) inhabiting the salt marshes of Alabama.
Male and female diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin
) in eastern North America gather in shallow water during breeding season.
Abstract.--A preliminary assessment was made of Texas diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin
littoralis) in the Nueces Estuary, Texas from September 2010-December 2010 and in October 2011.
Behavior of hatchling Diamondback Terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin
) in the field.
Diamondback terrapins, Malaclemys terrapin
, northern map turtles, Graptemys geographica, and spotted turtles, Clemmys guttata were not expected to be seen cohabitating with large numbers of T.
species are also being exported to Asian markets, including Common snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina), Alligator snapping turtles (Macrochelys temminckii), softshell turtles (Apalone spp.), sliders (Trachemys spp.), Diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin
), and others (Altherr & Freyer, 2000; Behler, 1997; Williams, 1999).
A similar premise has been used to effectively exclude diamondback terrapins, Malaclemys terrapin
, from crab pots (Guillory and Prejean, 1998).
11:45 SIZE-CLASS DISTRIBUTION OF NORTHERN DIAMONDBACK TERRAPINS (MALACLEMYS TERRAPIN
TERRAPIN) WITHIN A NORTH EAST ATLANTIC SALT MARSH ESTUARY
Within reptiles, researchers have found that many species place their eggs at sites that differ from random (e.g., Malaclemys terrapin
[Burger and Montevecchi 1975], Pituophis melanoleucus [Burger and Zappalorti 1986], Amblyrhynchus cristatus [Rauch 1988], Tropidurus spp.
Other studies have concentrated on examining direct impacts of raccoons on prey species in marine coastal environments including eggs of diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin
Feinberg and Burke, 2003; Butler et al., 2004), spiny-tailed iguanas (Ctenosura similes) (Platt et al., 2000), American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) (Fleming et al., 1976; Platt et al., 2000) and sea turtles (Ratnaswamy et al., 1997).
The diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin
) is an exclusively estuarine turtle whose range extends from Cape Cod, MA, along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts to Corpus Christi, TX, (Ernst and Lovich, 2009) and displays similar lite history traits (Gibbons, 1987).