Diamondback Terrapin Malaclemys terrapin

Historically hunted for their sweet meat, diamondback terrapins are now primarily threatened by human developments along the eastern coast of the United States.

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ORIGIN:
Eastern United States

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HABITAT:
Coastal marshes, rivers and flats

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
1.5 lbs
Length: 5-9 in

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DIET:
Fish, mollusks and insects

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PREDATORS:
Raccoons, skunks and herons

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Tough shell

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REPRODUCTION:
Lay an average of 9 eggs at one time

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THREATS:
Habitat loss

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:

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CONTACT BREVARD ZOO

8225 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32940

phone: 321.254.9453

fax: 321.259.5966

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