diamondback terrapin

noun

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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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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