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

May 2019

Bird Walk at Pleasure House Point

May 4, 2019
07:30 AM - 09:30 AM

**registration is FULL, please join us for our July Bird walk!

Join us on Saturday, May 4 7:30-9:30am at Pleasure House Point, one 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! Free of charge. Email office@lrnow.org or call 757-962-5398 to register.

Waterway Cleanup

May 4, 2019
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join volunteers and help clean up Virginia Beach Waterways. Cleanups are mostly kid-friendly. Results of Lynnhaven River Now’s cleanup efforts are available here. For additional information visit: Waterway Cleanups

May 4 will be the Great American (Waterway) Cleanup at Beach Garden Park in conjunction with askHRGreen.org. This will be a land and water-based cleanup.

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

Growing A Greener Faith Workshop

May 18, 2019
08:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Workshops



TO REGISTER VISIT:

https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/LynnhavenRiverNOW/greenerfaith.html
The following is the agenda for the workshop:

8:30 am  - Coffee Hour/ Sign in

9:30 am – Introduction

10:00 am - _ Trista Imrich (Whimsy): Importance and information about Native Plants

*5 min break*

10:50 am - _ Farmer John Wilson (New Earth) on the Benefits of Community Gardens

11:35 am - Lunch *Provided*

12:00 pm - _ Jessica Ruthenburg with the Hometown Habitat Film Segment

12:45 pm - _ Susan Lang on Financing Your Solar for Non Profit/ Importance of Energy Conservation

*15 min break*

1:45 pm - _ Sarah Hall on Eliminating Plastics

2:30 pm - _ Ann Zobel on the success of the All Saints Garden

3:15 pm – Closing/ Thank you for coming

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at 757-962-5398 or email PearlFaith@LRNow.org

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