Terrapin Talk At DSSP

by Dave on June 22, 2009

Take a “time out” to learn about Diamondback Terrapin turtles at Delaware Seashore State Park

Summertime visitors to Delaware Seashore State Park have no doubt noticed the highway signs asking motorists to avoid striking turtles on the State Route 1 as it passes through the Park.  The crawling creatures that try to cross the highway are Diamondback Terrapins who are leaving Indian River Bay and Rehoboth Bay to look for nesting areas in the sand dunes.

The Park is offering “Terrapin Talks” to acquaint visitors with these fascinating reptiles and to explain their lifecycles and habitat needs.  “Terrapin Talks” will be conducted at 2 p.m. on both Saturday, June 27 and Saturday, July 4.  The fee for this program is $3 and those interested should meet at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum, about 1.5 miles north of Indian River Inlet on Route 1.

Participants will find out what Delaware State Parks and other agencies are doing to protect these ancient creatures, have an opportunity to see and touch turtle artifacts, and maybe meet a live specimen or find nesting site!

The Diamondback Terrapin lives most of its life in salt marshes and estuaries from New York to Virginia, but females seek nesting sites on dry land during this part of the year.  They are the most common brackish water turtle in coastal Delaware.

For more information on these and other programs offered by Delaware Seashore State Park, call the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at (302) 227-6991.

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