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  • DuPont Nature Center offers tips when baby terrapins are found

  • With the summer months approaching, staff at the DuPont Nature Center is informing the public on what to do if a baby diamondback terrapin is found.
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  • With the summer months approaching, staff at the DuPont Nature Center is informing the public on what to do if a baby diamondback terrapin is found.
    Diamondback terrapins, which live in salt marshes, estuaries and tidal creeks, begin nesting in June and July, with hatchlings emerging in August and September. However, some hatchlings may stay on land in the nesting area for the first year and survive the winter, which is why some young terrapins may be seen in the early spring months.
    The DuPont Nature Center recommends that if a baby diamondback terrapin is found, to contact a wildlife rehabilitator immediately. Diamondback terrapins shouldn’t be kept as pets, as they can live for 25 to 40 years and require a large aquarium, proper lighting and demanding nutritional needs. It is also illegal in Delaware to release a reptile into the wild after it has been in captivity for 30 days.
    If a terrapin is seen crossing the road, DuPont Nature Center staff recommend moving it to the side, but leaving it in the direction it was headed. Baby terrapins should not be placed in salt or brackish water.
    For more information, visit dewildliferescue.com.
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