About the Terrapin Nesting Project
The Diamondback Terrapin is a bay turtle that lives in brackish water, a mixture of salt and fresh water. On Long Beach Island, the number of Diamondback Terrapins has declined drastically due to many factors such as:
Habitat loss, due to the humans taking over and building on their nesting areas
Predators that are not native to their area, this includes animals such as crows, raccoons, etc.
Humans taking them as pets, to use as food, or to supply in the illegal pet trade in the US and overseas
The Terrapin Nesting Project is working to rebuild the population of the Diamondback Terrapin and restore the balance of the ecosystem.