Diamondback Terrapin Survey in Virginia in 2011

On several weekends in June and July 2011, the Virginia Herpetological Society (VHS)—that’s the group dedicated to study and conservation of Virginia’s amphibians and reptiles—and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science worked beside brackish waters of several eastern Virginia counties and cities to conduct the Commonwealth’s first-ever statewide Diamondback Terrapin survey.  According to the VHS, Diamondback Terrapins are the only reptile known to inhabit strictly brackish water, and their population status in Virginia is unknown but considered potentially at risk because of habitat loss and from drowning of individuals caught in crab pots.  The survey used volunteer observers who received training materials and instructions.

Information about VHS’ current survey schedule is available online at http://www.virginiaherpetologicalsociety.com/news/index.html, as of 5/26/17.

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