Photo Credit: Becky Harrison/USFWS
Caption: On Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, the Diamondback Terrapin shown here is most likely getting ready to lay eggs. Females lay eggs late in late April thru July in chambers they dig 6-8" in the ground. They usually have 2 clutches with 4–18 eggs in each. The egg development period varies with temperature, taking 60-105 days for the nests to develop and hatch. They live in areas with brackish water (areas that have water saltier than freshwater but not as salty as the ocean) including barrier islands, salt marshes, estuaries, tidal creeks, and mudflats. They are mainly carnivorous and eat mollusks (snails), crustaceans (crabs), and insects.
Check out the summer season schedule of Guided Interpretive Programs
Some are free and some have a fee. There are van, tram, canoe, turtle and bird tours plus other activities for a wide range of ages. It's educational fun for the whole family!
Visit National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island. Open 7 days a week 9 am-4 pm Mon-Sat & Noon-4 pm Sun. Admission is free. https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Alligator_River/
USE YOUR MANNERS and BASIC COMMON SENSE! For the safety of yourself and your family, as well as the wildlife you are viewing, ALWAYS VIEW FROM A SAFE DISTANCE! If you see a change in the behavior of the wildlife (they move away, etc), you are TOO CLOSE! And. remember: all traffic laws apply on Refuge roads. Seat belts, car seats for children, etc. - whatever is required by the State on a public highway is required on the Refuge! Learn more about tips for safety during bear encounters at http://bearwise.org/bear-safety-tips/bear-encounter/