Diamondback Terrapins

Diamondback Terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) are undoubtedly one of the world's most attractive and colorful turtles. Found throughout the Eastern through Southern coasts of the United States, diamondbacks are quickly gaining popularity as a much sought after species among avid herpetoculturists and beginning hobbyists alike.  Not surprising considering their beauty, so elegantly captured in the above picture of a Carolinan Diamondback Terrapin by Dave Strasser of DS Photography.  Unfortunately, even as terrapins are winning the heart of hobbyists worldwide, they also seem to be losing their ecological niche in the wild.  Diamondbacks have the dubious distinction of being a classic target for conservation efforts among the scientific, environmental and even governmental community.
This web site was created by the Diamondback Terrapins eGroup with a five-fold purpose in mind:
1) to display the beauty of diamondbacks through a photographic essay,
2) to provide general background information about the species,
3) to provide captive husbandry procedures for keeping diamondbacks,
4) to generate public awareness concerning the destruction of natural diamondback habitats, and their population decline, and
5) to offer a source for quality captive bred diamondbacks from a diversified and experienced pool of breeders.


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