19 Dec '11, 12am

Can YOU guess these critters?

Once abundant in the Chesapeake Bay, the current population status of the Northern diamondback is unknown. They have played an important role as a food source from the 1700s through the 1800s and early 1900s. They have been both a diet staple to the Continental Army, plantation slaves, and families living in remote areas and specialty for exclusive restaurants. The high demand for terrapins led to a population crash by 1920. By the 1930s laws were being established to protect the creatures and their eggs. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources began research on Chesapeake Bay terrapins in 2002. In Maryland, it is unlawful to possess diamondbacks for commercial purposes. In Virginia, both commercial and personal possession is unlawful.

Full article: http://www.cbf.org/page.aspx?pid=2744

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