World Turtle News, 04/21/2019
Children learn about rare diamondback terrapins
As the nesting season for turtles approaches, the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance staff came to the Wareham Free Library on Saturday to teach kids and adults about diamondback terrapins, a threatened species that lives in the marshes and coastal waters of Wareham.
The diamondback terrapin, often simply called a terrapin, is a species of turtle native to the coastal brackish and saltwater marshes of the eastern and southeastern U.S. The carapace, or shell, and skin coloration of a terrapin is gray to white, with varying patterns of black spots and streaks.
When people find terrapins, the NECWA request that they report them for scientific purposes as the group works to learn more about the species.
“We don’t know much about terrapins. We are trying to gather the data on them, where they are located, and their patterns,” said NECWA staff marine biologist Danielle Marston. “Because there is a fishery for them, we thought they were extinct, and until 2003, we didn’t know they existed in this area.”
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Photo from Wareham Week.