A large female Diamondback Terrapin
Description: Diamondback Terrapins' shell is covered with scales or plates called scutes that bear deep, diamond-shaped growth rings. The pattern and coloration is dependent on the species of the turtle, although most species tend to be brown to grey, with some yellow markings. Regardless of the species of Diamondback Terrapins, all of them has a distinctive, unique, wiggly black markings or spots on the white colored head and body.
Different Species of DiamondBack Terrapins
The following is a table from Enchanted forest Creek website, describing the different species of Diamondback terrapin in detail.
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Links to other awesome DiamondBack Terrapin sites:1.http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/Creek/4046/ awesome pics for DiamondBack Terrapins, including terrapins.
2.http://www.natureportfolio.com/reptiles/turtles_terrapins.php - includes images on various turtles.
3 http://www.seacave.com/testsite/livestock/turtles.php - a place where you can buy turtles as pets.
4. http://www.terrapinconservation.org/- terrapin conservation wetlands institute- where you can help in the conservation of this terrapin.
5. http://www.diamondbackterrapin.com/index2.html - one of the most awesome site for diamond back terrapin information
References Cited:1.DiamondBack Terrapin [Online], Accessed on 10 May 2008, Available, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamondback_terrapin
2. Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) [Online], Accessed on 10
May 2008, Available , http://www.ocean.udel.edu/kiosk/terrapin.html
3.Diamonds in the Marsh: A Natural History of the Diamondback Terrapin, By Barbara Brennessel.