Diamondback Terrapins

Diamondback Terrapins

Diamondback Terrapin

Terrapin Cage

Diamondback Terrapins, named for the diamond-shaped growth rings on their top shell, are the only U.S. turtles that inhabit brackish water, such as estuaries, tidal creeks, and salt marshes. They spend most of their life in one area, with no long-distance migrations, and stay close to shore, unlike sea turtles. As their habitat decreases in both quality and quantity, so do their numbers. Due in large part to their lack of viable habitat, they are considered to be a “species of concern” in Virginia. Pleasure House Point is a prime environment for the terrapin, making its continued care and enhancement even more significant.
Lynnhaven River Now is happy to be working with the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department on ways to protect the diamondback terrapin’s nesting habitat from human and dog traffic at Pleasure House Point. We have created a Google map of Pleasure House Point where anyone can leave the location, date, time and details of a Diamondback Terrapin sighting. If you’re out walking at Pleasure House Point and see a Diamondback Terrapin, or even an abandoned nest or eggs, add your sighting to the map here by:

  • Signing in to your Google account
  • Clicking on the red “Edit” button on the left hand side of the screen
  • Selecting the balloon shaped symbol from the upper left side
  • Placing it on the map at the approximate location of your sighting

The more information you can give in the description box, the better!

Another protection method we have available for Diamondback Terrapins are crab pot turtle excluders. The curious turtles swim into the crab pot opening and then get stuck and drown. To help save the Diamondback Terrapins, you can easily attach the orange plastic turtle excluders to the crab pot opening with wire. It reduces the height of the opening just enough that turtles with higher shells can’t get in, but crabs can. You can get plastic excluders for your crab pot free at our office at Brock Environmental Center, 3663 Marlin Bay Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455. Call 962-5398 or email.
View our Pleasure House Point Field Guide featuring the Diamondback Terrapin while you’re out strolling along the banks of the Lynnhaven River.
Click here for Mary Reid Barrow’s Virginian Pilot article about a baby Diamondback Terrapin we found on a LRNow Bird Walk.

Additional Diamondback Terrapin Resources:

EVENTS CALENDAR

August 2018

S.P.A.T Science Preschool Adventure Time

August 6, 2018 / August 10, 2018
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Events

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Waterway Cleanup

August 11, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Events

August 11, 9am-noon

To register to participate at a waterway cleanup please email office@lrnow.org or call (757) 962-5398

Click on Waterway Cleanups for additional information

Stewardship & Access Committee Meeting

August 15, 2018
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Committees

This committee meets at 6 pm on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings are held at Hot Tuna  at 2817 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23451. November and December meeting schedules may be adjusted to accommodate winter holidays. Check Facebook or website calendar for changes.

 http://www.lynnhavenrivernow.org/get-involved/

Discover Virginia Beach-Local Farm Tour

August 18, 2018
08:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Events

 

 

 

farm tour rescheduled


Join Lynnhaven River Now as we embark on a monthly journey to Discover and Explore our different watershed areas and the vast natural and historical areas of our city.

Our August program will take place on August 18, 2018 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm to explore a few of our local farms and stands. Taste Virginia Tours will provide transportation from our meeting area in the parking lot at Virginia Beach Farmer’s Market on 3640 Dam Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23453, limited space is available for the tour. Cost $10

We will wind down at Virginia Beach Farmers Market to shop and enjoy lunch at the Princess Anne County Grill at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market.
Please let us know if you will be joining us for lunch by emailing: terri@lrnow.org or call 757-962-5398

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tour schedule edited

$10 Ticket includes  your transportation, the tours, and a reusable bag for your purchases
Look for details soon for our Discover Virginia Beach in August – Paddle Tour at Pleasure House Point.