Diamondback Terrapin Research Underway

Release Date: 05/28/2013

"Adult female diamondback terrapin, Vermilion Parish, Louisiana."
"Diamondback terrapin nest cavity with eggs."
 "Researcher protecting a terrapin nest from predators."

May 28, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is currently performing a multi-year evaluation (2012-14) of Diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) population distribution and abundance throughout coastal Louisiana.
The research effort represents the first coastwide evaluation of this S2 (species of special concern) designated species as identified within the State’s Wildlife Action Plan (see link http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/wildlife-action-plan-details).
Throughout its range, which stretches from Massachusetts to Texas, declines in terrapin populations have been documented in association with both environmental and / or human-induced factors.
The current study incorporates: (1) Trapping adult and sub-adult terrapin in small bayous and appropriate shoreline habitats and (2) Surveying and monitoring terrapin nesting efforts (including reproductive productivity) along coastal beaches. LDWF plans to utilize the information gathered to enhance existing resource management / conservation strategies for Diamondback terrapins within coastal Louisiana.
For more information on LDWF’s research involving threatened or endangered species, contact Carrie Salyers at 337-262-2080 or csalyers@wlf.la.gov.