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Diamondback Terrapin

Diamondback terrapin is a type of turtle native to the eastern and southern United States, and Bermuda. The species has seven recognized subspecies. Females are larger than males.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Subclass Anapsida
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Superfamily Testudinoidea
    Family Emydidae
    Subfamily Deirochelyinae
    Genus Malaclemys
    Scientific Name Malaclemys terrapin


    Other Names Terrapin
    Size Male: Around 13 cm
    Female: Around 19 cm; largest recorded female is just over 23 cm
    Weight Male: Around 300g
    Female: Around 500g; largest female can weigh up to 1000 g
    Color Brown to gray outer shell while the body color varies from gray to brown to yellow or white; body and head contains pattern of wiggly, black markings
    Distribution Massachusetts to Texas
    Habitat Spartina marshes, mangrove swamps, brackish waters of estuaries, tidal creeks
    Diet Shrimp, clams, mussels, crabs, other marine invertebrates
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during winter in the mud of creeks and marshes
    Predators Raccoons, foxes, rats, birds especially crows and gulls
    Breeding Season May – June
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 4 to 22 eggs
    Incubation Period 60 to 85 days
    Reproductive Age Male: 2 to 3 years of age
    Female: 6 to 7 years of age
    Average Lifespan May live beyond 40 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Near Threatened

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    Published on November 1st 2016 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 11th August 2018.

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