East Coast Florida

Malaclemys terrapin tequesta (common name is East Coast Florida diamondback terrapin).  Tequestas live on the Atlantic coast of Florida and can be found from southern to northern Florida.

Their carapaces have medium grooves throughout the scutes and they are normally black and sometimes dark brown.  Their plastrons are normally black or brown.  They tend to have medium knobs (dorsal keels) when they hatch but they normally are flat by the time they reach 3 inches.

The skin on their head is normally bone white and they have large black spots and strips.  Their upper jaws are always black or dark brown, which makes them look like they have a mustache.  They have a black diamond on top of their head. Their legs are normally completely black.

The break down of Tequesta: named after the Tequesta Native Americans of eastern Florida.

Malaclemys terrapin tequesta (East Coast Florida).

Malaclemys terrapin tequesta (East Coast Florida) hatchling.