Diamondback Terrapin

Caring for your Diamonback Terrapin
I’m an active and lively turtle, with a pretty diamond patterned shell, so I make a great pet to watch.

I really love swimming, so I would like a turtle tank that is slightly larger so I can have extra space to swim.

In the wild I’m found in brackish (slightly salty) water, but some turtle keepers use freshwater, especially if we’re captive-bred. Before taking me home, I’d appreciate you speaking to a turtle specialist about the type of water I’m used to.

Species Profile
Scientific name: Malaclemys terrapin

Adult size: 12.5–20cm (5–8 inches)

Average lifespan: 10–15 years

Suggested for: Intermediate turtle keepers

Housing: Turtle tank at least 120cm long and 30cm tall, with a strong filter and an intense UVB light

Environmental requirements: Water temperature of 25°C, basking platform with a temperature of 32°C

Diet: Mix of turtle food, insects, worms and meat

FUN FACT: Diamondback terrapins are believed to be the only turtles that live in brackish water