Diamondback terrapins are unique land turtles who spend the majority of their life in the water! Salt marshes serve as their safe haven. Their distinctive shells have diamond-shaped plates, their heads and legs are speckled with black dots, while their beaks are white.
One threat these turtles face is car collisions. That is why when you drive over Fisherman Island on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel you’ll notice a long black tube running along the roadway. This barrier deters terrapins from crossing the road. The barrier forces the terrapins to turn around and use the suitable habitat where they are safely living.