diamondback terrapin

noun
any of several edible turtles of the genus Malaclemys, found in tidewaters of the eastern and southern U.S., having diamond-shaped markings on the back.

Origin:
1875–80

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The area is a native nursery for nesting shore birds and diamondback terrapin.
There they will release a group of diamondback terrapin turtles.
Newly hatched diamondback terrapin with egg sac and egg tooth.
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