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

April 2017

PHP Birdwalk

April 1, 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

Legends of the Fly

April 1, 2017
12:00 PM - 09:00 PM

 

Legend of the fly

Legends of the Fly 2017 is a day long, immersive experience filled with fly fishing, fun and film. Come meet fly fishing legend Andy Mill.  Learn to cast a fly rod and tie a fly. And enjoy an evening brimming with beer, BBQ and the winning entries from the Fly Fishing Film Tour!

Visit http://www.legendsoftheflyvb.com/ to learn more and purchase tickets!

Legends of the Fly Brochure 

Benefits LRN

Landscape for Life

April 4, 2017
06:00 PM

CLASS IS FULL 

River Cleanup

April 8, 2017
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Events

April 8, 9am-noon

At the corner of Lamplight Lane & Lynnhaven Parkway (Old Moose Lodge)

Enjoy a morning outside and be a helpful environmental steward! Kids are welcome to join in the cleanup effort!

E-mail Dana@lrnow.org to sign up! Or call (757) 962-5398

 

Landscape for Life

April 11, 2017
06:00 PM

CLASS IS FULL 

Buffer Workshop

April 15, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Workshops

buffer workshop

15th Annual Oyster Roast

April 22, 2017
12:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12pm-3pm

Please join us for the 15th Annual Oyster Roast fundraising event on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 12-3pm at the home of Eleanor and Bob Stanton (4141 First Court Road Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Lynnhaven River Aquacultured oysters, barbeque and beverages
Festivities include an oyster shucking contest, silent auction and raffle prizes
More Perfect Jones Bluegrass Band
Raffle- Win your own oyster roast for 30 people
Tickets $70 per person

Click HERE to purchase your ticket!
auctionDONATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 1st