Florida is home to five subspecies of diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin), three of which occur exclusively in Florida. Diamondback terrapin live in coastal marshes, tidal creeks, mangroves, and other brackish or estuarine habitats.
Little is known about Florida’s diamondback terrapin populations and they are currently listed as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN).FWC scientists and partners are conducting population assessments and collecting tissue samples for genetic analysis to learn more about their geographic distribution and subspecies classifications.
Through 2020, FWC biologists will analyze the data gathered to address the Florida Wildlife Legacy’s goal to fill gaps of unknown information about the diamondback terrapin. This multi-year project aims to address stakeholder concerns and to develop conservation recommendations which establish meaningful and measurable population management goals for diamondback terrapins in Florida.#fwcresearch #fwc #diamondbackterrapin #terrapin #endemic