Photos of The Diamondback Terrapins of Barnegat Bay 
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The Diamondback Terrapins

(Malaclemys terrapin)

Not found in fresh or ocean waters, the Diamondback Terrapin is our only true estuarine turtle.  Adapting to the changing salinities of the estuary by balancing changing salt levels through its eyes, it thrives throughout the bay.  Having almost been hunted to extinction by the early twentieth  century, it has rebounded as a now protected species only to be threatened again by lost and unattended crab traps.
These photos began, as with so many others, as a bonus while capturing images of wading birds on the lower Barnegat Bay.

#1 Diamondback Terrapins

(Malaclemys terapin)

Utilizing a quiet  Barnegat Bay tidal pool as 

staging area for mating.
# 2  Diamondback Terrapins
(Malaclemys terapin)

Eventually crawling up on the sod to sun

 themselves, similar to the paint turtles of the upper 

# 3 The  Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terapin)
# 4 The  Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terapin)
# 5 The  Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terapin)
# 6 The  Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terapin)
# 7 The  Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terapin)

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