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Pictures of Diamondback Terrapin Turtles

Malaclemys Terrapin Macrospilota


Malaclemys Terrapin Macrospilota

Ornate Diamondback Terrapin


Ornate Diamondback Terrapin

Ornate Diamondback Terrapin Swimming Underwater


Ornate Diamondback Terrapin Swimming Underwater

Diamondback Terrapin


Diamondback Terrapin

Diamondback Terrapin Face


Diamondback Terrapin Face

Diamondback Terrapin Hind Legs


Diamondback Terrapin Hind Legs

Diamondback Terrapin Swimming


Diamondback Terrapin Swimming
Diamondback Terrapin Swimming
Diamondback Terrapin
Diamondback Terrapin turtle pictures (Malaclemys terrapin and Malacleyms terrapin macrospilota), which are native to eastern and southern coasts of North America, from Cape Cod to Corpus Christi.

This is the only US turtle that inhabits brackish estuaries, tidal creeks, and saltwater marches. It has a grooved, concentrically patterned, diamond-shaped shell that gives it its name. They have webbed feet for mobility and swimming, sharp claws, and a hard beak.

From the late 1800s into the late 1920s, demand for turtle soup nearly drove the Diamondback Terrapin into extinction. Several states chose to protect the Diamondback Terrapin turtle and those states have seen the populations recover. For that reason, they're no longer protected.

However, there is a new threat: habitat destruction.