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Back You are here: Home Features Events and Features Fort Fisher Aquarium Island Gazette’s Animal of the Week of May 16th for the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Island Gazette’s Animal of the Week of May 16th for the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Animal Fact of the Week - The diamondback terrapin at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

The diamondback terrapin has a diamond pattern on the shell and a spotted head, neck and legs. These terrapins live in saltwater and brackish water (mixture of freshwater and saltwater) and are found behind tidal flats, on barrier islands, salt marshes and in estuaries. Their diet consists of crustaceans, mollusks, fish and insects. The diamondback terrapin is found all over the Eastern and Southern coasts of North America and can live well over 40 years.