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 There are possession limits for other species such as box turtles and diamondback terrapins. Kimberly Miller, USA TODAY, "Officials are cracking down on turtle smugglers in Florida," 22 Feb. 2020 The species taken included: Florida box turtles, Eastern box turtles, striped mud turtles, Florida mud turtles, chicken turtles, Florida softshell turtles, Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtles, spotted turtles and diamondback terrapins. Fox News, "Two suspects charged in largest seizure of turtles in recent history, FWC says," 19 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of diamondback terrapin

1887, in the meaning defined above

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“Diamondback terrapin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diamondback%20terrapin. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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