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

June 2018

Waterway Cleanup

June 2, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Events

June 2, 9am-noon Clean the Bay Day

Hutton Circle (water-based only)

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

Click on Waterway Cleanups for additional information

S.P.A.T Science Preschool Adventure Time

June 4, 2018 / June 8, 2018
All working days 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM

June 4-8

9:00-10:30 am at the Brock Environmental Center

 To register click HERE

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Bird Walk

June 9, 2018
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Bird Walk

June 9, 7:30-9am

Enjoy the early morning beauty of Pleasure House Point when the birds are the most active.
We will meet on Marlin Bay Drive at 7:30 AM and enjoy a pleasant ninety-minute walk with a birding expert from the Audubon Society. These programs are free but we prefer that you preregister with Dana@LRNow.org or call our office at 757-962-5398.

Tidewater Film & Discussion

June 14, 2018
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Tidewater Film and Discussion


Third in our Conversations about Climate Change Series

June 14, 6:30 PM, Brock Environmental Center

“What’s our plan? And how do we become a part of the solution?

We have the knowledge and the technology. How can we export good ideas to the rest of the world?”

The film Tidewater raises all of these issues and more. A terrific film about the challenges and opportunities that confront our region. How do we choose to move forward? Watch a trailer here:https://vimeo.com/213262018

Join us on June 14th to view the film followed by a facilitated discussion. Free and open to all, but please register at Office@LRNow.org or by calling, 757-962-5398.

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Stewardship & Access Committee Meeting

June 20, 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/

Project Learning Tree Early Childhood Workshop

June 28, 2018
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Workshops

CLASS IS FULL