Diamondback Terrapins

Diamondback Terrapins

Diamondback Terrapin

Terrapin Cage

Diamondback Terrapins, named for the diamond-shaped growth rings on their top shell, are the only U.S. turtles that inhabit brackish water, such as estuaries, tidal creeks, and salt marshes. They spend most of their life in one area, with no long-distance migrations, and stay close to shore, unlike sea turtles. As their habitat decreases in both quality and quantity, so do their numbers. Due in large part to their lack of viable habitat, they are considered to be a “species of concern” in Virginia. Pleasure House Point is a prime environment for the terrapin, making its continued care and enhancement even more significant.
Lynnhaven River Now is happy to be working with the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department on ways to protect the diamondback terrapin’s nesting habitat from human and dog traffic at Pleasure House Point. We have created a Google map of Pleasure House Point where anyone can leave the location, date, time and details of a Diamondback Terrapin sighting. If you’re out walking at Pleasure House Point and see a Diamondback Terrapin, or even an abandoned nest or eggs, add your sighting to the map here by:

  • Signing in to your Google account
  • Clicking on the red “Edit” button on the left hand side of the screen
  • Selecting the balloon shaped symbol from the upper left side
  • Placing it on the map at the approximate location of your sighting

The more information you can give in the description box, the better!

Another protection method we have available for Diamondback Terrapins are crab pot turtle excluders. The curious turtles swim into the crab pot opening and then get stuck and drown. To help save the Diamondback Terrapins, you can easily attach the orange plastic turtle excluders to the crab pot opening with wire. It reduces the height of the opening just enough that turtles with higher shells can’t get in, but crabs can. You can get plastic excluders for your crab pot free at our office at Brock Environmental Center, 3663 Marlin Bay Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455. Call 962-5398 or email.
View our Pleasure House Point Field Guide featuring the Diamondback Terrapin while you’re out strolling along the banks of the Lynnhaven River.
Click here for Mary Reid Barrow’s Virginian Pilot article about a baby Diamondback Terrapin we found on a LRNow Bird Walk.

Additional Diamondback Terrapin Resources:

EVENTS CALENDAR

September 2018

Bird Walk

September 1, 2018
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Bird Walk

September 1, 7:30-9am

Enjoy the early morning beauty of Pleasure House Point when the birds are the most active.
We will meet on Marlin Bay Drive at 7:30 AM and enjoy a pleasant ninety-minute walk with a birding expert from the Audubon Society.  These programs are free but we prefer that you preregister with Office@lrnow.org or call our office at 757-962-5398.

Waterway Cleanup

September 8, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

September 8th, 9 am - noon - International Coastal Cleanup at Thalia Creek Kayak Launch - This cleanup is a water-based cleanup only. Participants should plan to bring their own kayak and paddling gear. PFDs are required. Some kayaks may be available for use with advance registration. Advanced registration is recommended for final event details. Contact office@lrnow.org to register or for more information.

To register to participate in a waterway cleanup please email office@lrnow.org or call (757) 962-5398

Click on Waterway Cleanups for additional information

Stewardship & Access Committee Meeting

September 19, 2018
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Committees

This committee meets at 6 pm on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings are held at Hot Tuna  at 2817 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23451. November and December meeting schedules may be adjusted to accommodate winter holidays. Check Facebook or website calendar for changes.

 http://www.lynnhavenrivernow.org/get-involved/

Vermiculture Composting Workshop

September 21, 2018
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

Friday, September 21, 6:30-8:00 PM


Learn about the benefits of vermiculture composting and build your own attractive 2 foot by 4 foot wooden composter. All materials, even your own red wiggler worms, are included.
We will provide tools and instructions for building your own composter during the workshop.

This is a great opportunity. Spaces are limited so sign up today. This workshop is being offered free. It is a $75 value.

To register, call Terri at 757-962-5398 or email Office@LRNow.org. Registration closes on September 14th or when the class is full.

composting workshop

Conversations about Climate Change

September 26, 2018
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Events

Two Interesting Speakers


Climate Change and the resulting sea level rise is the most important issue facing our region today. We will pick up our Conversations About Climate Change series with a presentation from Ted Henefin, HRSD General Manager, explaining how the HRSD SWIFT program is putting waste water back into the ground to help with land subsidence. And Elizabeth Andrews, Director, W&M Law School Coastal Policy Center, to help us understand sea level rise from a policy and legal perspective. What tools will our cities need to tackle the challenges ahead?

Please RSVP at Office@LRNow.org for this important and very informative program.

Discover Virginia Beach Nature Hike

September 29, 2018
08:30 AM - 10:30 AM

This September we will be exploring the southern part of our beautiful city! Join us on Saturday, September 29th 8:30am-10.30am for a nature hike on West Neck Creek Trail (2249 North Landing Road). West Neck Creek Natural Area is a wooded 217-acre site located across from the Municipal Center along North Landing Road. This 2 mile hike will be lead by a staff member/tree enthusiast who will identify trees along the trail. You may even find a notable tree that you can nominate here! Following the nature hike, there will be a guided tour of the Whitehurst-Buffington House. “Designated as one of the 50 most historically significant structures in Virginia Beach, the Whitehurst-Buffington House, built in 1793, is truly a house over time”.

This month’s hike will be the 2nd Discover Virginia Beach Series event. Discover Virginia Beach is designed for people to explore Virginia Beach’s natural and historical areas. Mark your calendars –Saturday, October 27th–Guided bike tour through False Cape. We hope you can join us!

To register please e-mail Terri Gorman Terri@lrnow.org or call our office (757) 962-5398