Field School Nets 34 Terrapins in Fresh Brook Run

Handsome Male Terrapin #7034

Turtles of Cape Cod Field School participants strolled down to Fresh Brook Run at low tide this morning to search for diamondback terrapins.  With mature females dispersed to nesting sites, we expected to find mostly males and juvenile female  turtles.  Our expectations were met and exceeded with the capture of 34 specimens, 23 of which were seen for the first time today. 

Gorgeous Juvenile Female Terrapin #7266

Except for two mature ladies, all other captures were males of all ages and young prepubescent females in the 4-to-6 year old range.  The gorgeous young female above is a 5-year-old about three years shy of maturity.

Male Terrapin #9275

Male Terrapin #9275  is an interesting turtle that we had previously captured in the Run on 16 May 2009.  He sports a very small and very dark shell. No matter how much he wriggles his body, Terrapin #9275 just doesn’t seem to fit.

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