|This tiny baby Diamondback Terrapin was desperately trying to get into the school last week. One of our staff spotted him, nose to school door and legs a'going just before school started.|
She swooped him up and sent him to me, at which point, I practically fell out of my chair.
A tiny diamondback terrapin!
|He's so tiny, you would think he just hatched, and yet we are in early spring. I don't know enough about diamondback terrapin breeding (yet), but that seems like an early hatch. |
I used to operate a sea turtle hatchery at Fort Matanzas National Monument and we always planned for 55 days gestation time. When I hatched Florida Cooter eggs several years ago, I found the same time span to be true for them too.
I can't imagine that diamondbacks lay eggs in the dead of winter, so this is probably a yearling from last year.
|He's a pretty good muncher of pond snails. I have an abundance of them in my various ponds and tanks so he's eating well. I crush them between my fingers before dropping them into his tank and he goes to town on them.|
Diamondbacks are an estuary species and for that reason, not often seen. I used to find them hibernating in the San Sebastion estuary during the winter when I was a kid, but that was a while ago.
This one is going to spend some time as an ambassador of his species and help me educate kids about his clan.
This little guy needs a name, so I'm open for suggestions.