Diamondback Terrapin Rescue

Tess – the first turtle to nest each year.

The Skidaway Audubon Diamondback Terrapin Rescue project is the largest endeavor of its kind along the East Coast. The Diamondback is the only turtle species in the U.S. that lives in brackish waters along tidal marshes, creeks and estuaries.

Diamondbacks were harvested almost to extinction in the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s. In 2003 the state of Georgia added the Diamondback to it “Species of Concern” and banned commercial harvesting of the turtles.

Volunteers work under the direction of naturalist John Crawford from the UGA Marine Science Center. With John’s support we are sub-permittees under his Department Of Natural Resources Scientific Collection Permit.

 

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