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Septmember 3, 2013: Protecting Terrapins in Maryland

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Protecting Terrapins in Maryland

At the National Aquarium, terrapins bring to mind more than great intercollegiate sports. The word terrapin comes from an Algonquin word meaning “edible turtles that live in brackish water.” The popularity of terrapin soup nearly wiped out the iconic diamondback terrapin, but populations of Maryland’s state reptile have recovered in recent years thanks to careful regulation and the dedicated efforts of concerned citizens.