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

October 2017

Landscape for Life

October 3, 2017
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Events

Capture

PHP Birdwalk

October 7, 2017
07:30 AM
Bird Walk

Join us for a guided bird walk and enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna at Pleasure House Point!

To sign up e-mail Dana@lrnow.org or call our office (757)962-5398

Bird & Plant Walk

October 7, 2017
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Bird Walk

Join us at Pleasure House Point, on of the major stopovers of migratory birds on the Atlantic Flyway, to take a walk through the property in search of birds. What better way to go bird watching than with an avid Audubon birder at this ideal location!

Email Dana@lrnow.org or call 757-962-5398 to sign up!

LRNow Fall Festival

October 7, 2017
11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Events

FF 2017

FF Schedule 2017

 

Vendors

Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum
Aveda
Buy Fresh Buy Local Hampton Roads
Carolyn Osmond, Artist
Chesapeake Bay Foundation - Hampton Roads Office
The Chrysler Museum of Art
Ebbing Tides Stand Up Paddle Boards •Sales •Lessons •Eco Tours
Ginger Jenkot, Ceramic Artist
Gorman's Handpainted Glass
Great Outdoor Provision Co.
Girl Scouts
Heather Donis Designs Mobile Paint Parties
HR Green Network
HRSD
Jessamyn Manzeralla, Artist
Jr Master Naturalists
Leaping Lizard Cafe-Shore Drive
Nautical Nature Co.
Neighborhood Harvest
Norfolk Botanical Garden
O'Hellyeah
Ran With Scissors
Sierra Club
Solar Services
Three Ships Coffee
US Green Building Council
Sensible Seafood Program Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
VA Bee Co
VB Public Library
ViBe Creative District
Wildlife Response, Inc
The First Tee of Hampton Roads
Virginia Beach SPCA - Virginia Beach
Anna Freeman, ceramic artist
doTERRA Essential Oils Wellness Education
Eco Maniac Company
Fit4Mom Virginia Beach & Chesapeake
Grandpa and Sons Kettle Corn
J Glynn Winters
Mothers Outfront
Oberweis Dairy
Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society
Rose and Womble Foundation
Sofrito, Cast Iron Catering Inc
Southern Branch Nursery
Virginia Master Naturalist Program
Viv's Sew Crazy and Ilona & Co
Music by Paul Jarman
Build your own Vermiculture Bin Workshop $35.00 by Master gardener, Eileen Walsh
Leave No Trace and 10 Essentials for Hiking REI
Paddleboarding Free Demo and Eco-Tour $20 by Ebbing Tides Stand Up Paddle Boards •Sales •Lessons •Eco Tours
Learn about Red Wigglers for Children Worshop by Maury Joy
Cooking Demonstration by Leaping Lizard Cafe-Shore Drive
Face painting
Nature Walk
Building Tours
Food by Lucky Peach

Landscape for Life

October 10, 2017
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Events

Capture

9th Annual Candidates Forum

October 12, 2017
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

9th Annual Candidates Forum
Thursday, October 12th, 6:30 PM
Old Donation School, 4633 Honeygrove Road
Building Tour prior to the Forum at 5:15











Vote Nov 7




Virginia Beach has six Delegates who represent us in the House of Delegates in the General Assembly in Richmond.  All six are up for reelection this year and every incumbent is opposed.
 
Come to our 9th Annual Candidates Forum on Thursday, October 12th, at our newest Virginia Beach School, Old Donation School, on the corner of Independence and Honeygrove Rd in the Haygood area, to hear from all 12 candidates and decide who deserves your vote on November 7th.  Doors open at 6:00 and we will begin at 6:30.  Forum ends at 8:30.  
 
There will be a tour of the new building offered at 5:15.  It is a very sustainable building with many lessons for all of us.  It will make you wish you were back in school.  Please register ahead for the building tour at Dana@LRNow.org.

River Cleanup

October 14, 2017
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Events

Birchwood Malibu Park Cleanup
Date: Saturday, October 14th
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: Birchwood Malibu Park,
3632 Royal Palm Arch Virginia Beach, 23452

To register, please call 757-962-5398 or email Dana@LRNow.org. For more information, visit:
http://whitpeace.com/River/RCs/20171014_BirchwoodMalibuPark