The Wetlands Institute promotes conservation efforts and tracks casualties. Dan McLaughlin, Research and Conservation Coordinator for the Wetlands Institute, describes the situation, “Human land development has altered most of the barrier beach islands which would provide terrapins with their natural nesting habitat. As a result, female terrapins must resort to nesting on the embankments of local salt marsh roads. On their search for a suitable nesting site terrapins are often run over by passing vehicles.” According to Mr. McLaughlin, the Terrapin nesting activity began during the last week in May and will continue well into July.
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