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

FWC Facts:
The organism that causes red tide in Florida, Karenia brevis, owes its name to a state researcher of harmful algal blooms, Dr. Karen Steidinger.

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