Diamondback Terrapins | Virginia Institute of Marine Science - adult terrapins


DEEP: Diamondback Terrapin adult terrapins

You can learn more in our Terrapin care sheet (PDF 326KB). Pond terrapins or 'sliders' (Trachemys scripta) include red-eared sliders, yellow-bellied sliders and Cumberland sliders. Terrapins should be housed in large tanks / aquariums or secure outdoor ponds with adequate heating.

Diamond back terrapins are commonly available and are sold in many pet stores. They are one of the most popular turtle breeds kept as pets. Proper terrapin care involves maintaining a clean, friendly environment, regular veterinary care, and supplying your terrapin with a healthy.

The diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) or simply terrapin, is a species of turtle native . Adult diamondback terrapins mate in the early spring, and clutches of 4-22 eggs are laid in sand dunes in the early summer. They hatch in late.

Terrapins can live 15-25 years and can grow up to 12-13 inches in length. They reach sexual maturity at 3-8 years. Adult males can be distinguished by long fore .