Diamondback Terrapins on Kiawah Island, SC

In a continuation of past collaboration with the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, members of the Herpetology Lab spent several days of May 2011 assisting with an ongoing long-term study of Diamondback Terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) on Kiawah Island, SC. Diamondback terrapins are considered a special concern species by the state of North Carolina and listed as a threatened species by the World Conservation Union. This study involves capturing, marking, and releasing individuals, providing information on the decline of the population of terrapins around Kiawah Island. Various threats throughout their range include crab pot mortality, road mortality, motorized watercraft, and loss of habitat. Click here to learn more about Diamondback Terrapin research on Kiawah Island.


Some Photos:



Cruising in style


Could use some racing stripes...


Adriana and Dr. Dorcas show off a bonnethead



Close-up of a female terrapin


Making a break for it


A tern decided to check things out


A male terrapin


Another female terrapin


Heading back after a good day's work


A group of dunlin


A tern keeps a close eye on things


A row of oystercatchers


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