diamondback terrapin


Definition of diamondback terrapin

: any of several terrapins (genus Malaclemys) formerly widely distributed in salt marshes along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts but now much restricted

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Recent Examples on the Web Last month, a Pennsylvania man was sentenced to pay $250,000 after admitting to taking thousands of diamondback terrapins (a type of turtle) from a New Jersey marsh and illegally shipping them in unmarked packages to people who wanted them as pets. National Geographic, "Can the United States stop poaching at home?," 17 Oct. 2019 While coveted, their population is shrinking, and New Jersey banned the collection, transportation and possession of diamondback terrapins in 2016. Fox News, "Terrapin turtle trafficker gets 6 months in prison -- and he'll have to shell out $250G," 29 Aug. 2019 The fare at the Bates House was second to none, with red-head duck and currant jelly and stewed diamondback terrapin on the menu. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "St. Elmo is the only remnant of The Levee's posh and bawdy past," 5 Dec. 2019 Rockfish are the official fish, the diamondback terrapin is the state reptile, and the shell of an extinct snail called the ecphora gardnerae that inhabited the Chesapeake Bay five to 12 million years ago was named the state fossil shell in 1984. Lois Szymanski, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Szymanski: From blue crabs to sailing to black-eyed Susans, so many reasons to love Maryland," 4 Oct. 2019 The end On June 19, Pata shipped nine diamondback terrapins and 20 undeclared box turtles to Cheung in Hong Kong. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Undercover sting takes down international endangered turtle smuggler," 12 Aug. 2019 New Jersey outlawed collecting and possessing diamondback terrapins in 2016, and their sale is also banned by an international treaty, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. CBS News, "Feds indict man for allegedly trafficking thousands of turtles," 10 July 2018 Federal wildlife officials seized more than 3,400 diamondback terrapin hatchlings from Sommers' Levittown home in October and helped return them to their natural habitats in the coastal marshes of New Jersey, the department said. CBS News, "Feds indict man for allegedly trafficking thousands of turtles," 10 July 2018 David Sommers, 62, of Levittown, poached diamondback terrapins and their eggs from coastal marshes in New Jersey and then sold them, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Michael Boren, Philly.com, "Bucks man indicted for smuggling turtles," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of diamondback terrapin

1887, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jan 2020

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“Diamondback terrapin.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diamondback%20terrapin. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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