Yeaaa…it’s another edition of Herptile Spotlight. I like writing this series because I got to learn something before sharing it 🙂
In the past 2 Herptile Spotlight, I have shared about our not so cute cousins, they are Komodo and Crocodile. Now,it’s time to share about the cutest reptile in the world…that is, of course, TURTLES!!! 😉
Let me introduce you to the turtle Mommy wished to have once she has a bigger house. The Beautiful Diamondback Turtle
Isn’t she (assuming it’s a she)beautiful?
I half hope mommy never has bigger house because I am afraid she will love this turtle species more than our species.
The name come from the pattern on top of their shell (carapace), but the overall pattern and coloration vary greatly. The shell is usually wider at the back than in the front and from above its appears wedge shaped.
Its shell coloring can vary from browns to greys, and its body color can be grey, brown, yellow, or white. All have a unique pattern of wiggly, black markings or spots on their body and head. The diamondback terrapin have large webbed feet. The males grow to approximately 5 inches (130 mm), while the females grow to an average of around 7.5 inches (190 mm), though they are capable of growing larger. The largest female on record was just over 9 inches (230 mm) in length. Specimens from regions that are consistently warmer in temperature tend to be larger than those from cooler, more northern areas.
This turtles can be found in the very narrow strip of coastal habitats on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States, from as far north as Cape Cod, Massachusetts to the southern tip of Florida and around the Gulf Coast to Texas.(fromwikipedia)
Our friend from Redearslider.com, Diamondbacks4Life, not only kind enough to let us use pictures of his turtles but he is also generous to share a bit information about our beautiful cousin.
Not much to say, really they are exactly like RES personality wise. Care is almost the same too.
Diamondbacks are strickly carnivorous, in captivity they can eatsame plant/fruit as RES but its rare you will see them take to eating plants.
When housed in fresh water diamond are more prone to skin infections compared to when they are housed in brackish water.
Never get a wild diamondback. In captivity they almost never take to eating commercial turtle food and usually stressed the rest of their lives. Usually when a wild is then forced into living in fresh water they develop skin infections very quickly. Avoid a wild diamondback at all costs.
Scute shedding: Compared to res diamondback shed their scutes much slower. Females will shed about once to twice a year while a male will shed once every 3 years.
Sexing; Only tail can be used. Males longer, thicker tails. Females short. Males do not get long front claws like res.
Breeding: Res usually lay eggs at about 5-6inches, female diamondbacks will not lay eggs till they’re almost 7inches.
Thank you so much for sharing that bits about Diamondback Turtle. We learn more about our cousin now.
I enjoy learning about Diamondback Turtle, I hope you also have the same joy as me 🙂
Here are another cute photo of Diamondbacks4Life‘s DBT. Thank you so much for allowing me to use this :hug:
And here are some cute baby photos belongs to Jaysea, thank you so much for allowing me to share it here :hug: