Diamondback Terrapins on Kiawah Island, SC


Along with members of the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, members of the Herpetology Lab spent several days of October 2010 helping with an ongoing study of Diamondback Terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) on Kiawah Island, SC. Diamondback terrapins are listed as a species of special concern by the state of North Carolina and categorized as a threatened species by the World Conservation Union. This study of terrapins in the Kiawah River involves capturing and marking individuals, before releasing them, providing information on the decline of terrapins around Kiawah Island. Threats faced by this species include crab pot mortality, road mortality, motorized watercraft, and habitat alteration. Click here to learn more about Diamondback Terrapin research on Kiawah Island.

Some Photos (mouse over for larger images):


Seining the creek

 


Those aren't terrapins...

Seining the creek

 

Those aren't terrapins...


Dr. Dorcas examines a terrapin

 

Got one!

Dr. Dorcas examines a terrapin

 

Got one!


Taking a breather

 

Some of the other wildlife

Taking a breather

 

Some of the other wildlife


Getting up-close and personal with a bonnethead

 

Getting ready to break out the net

Getting up-close and personal with a bonnethead

 

Getting ready to break out the net


Going for a ride

 

Kicking back after a long day

Going for a ride

 

Kicking back after a long day

Click here to read about the turtles found in North Carolina


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