Diamondback Terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) are relatively small turtles that live in salt marshes along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States.
- Many hundreds of adult female terrapins are hit by motor vehicles during the nesting season while attempting to cross roads in search of suitable nesting habitat.
- The Wetlands Institute conducts road patrols to save viable eggs from female terrapins killed by motorists, and then incubate those eggs. Once hatched, we care for, or “head-start,” the baby terrapins over their first winter before releasing them to their nature habitat.
Kindergarten Can Make a Difference
Throughout the year we will learn all about Diamondback Terrapins, their habitats, and specific characteristics. We will continue to sell turtle cookies throughout the year and all the money raised will be donated to the Wetlands Institute. We will continue the Diamondback Terrapin Release Program, it will be the 26th year!