Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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Diamondback Terrapins

Florida has five subspecies of the diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin), three of which occur only in Florida. The diamondback terrapin is a coastal turtle species found statewide in coastal marshes, tidal creeks, mangroves and other brackish and estuarine habitats. Learn about recent research and find publications on past studies of this species.



Recent Research

This research project will help researchers determine how to prevent diamondback terrapins from being captured in crab traps.

Publications

Publications of research conducted or funded by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


FWC Facts:
Red tides have been documented along Florida's Gulf coast since the 1840s and likely occurred earlier. Fish kills around Tampa Bay were mentioned in the logs of Spanish explorers.

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