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Is there an open hunting season for Northern diamonback terrapins in New Jersey?

  • No way! (35% people answered this)
  • There is only a limited hunting season. (13% people answered this)
  • Yes (17% people answered this)
  • I'm not sure... (33% people answered this)

1137 people answered.


Correct answer is: Yes

In 2002, the Northern diamondback terrapin was listed as a species of special concern in New Jersey. The listing as special concern “warrants special attention because of some evidence of decline” (NJ ENSP-Species Status Listing). Although, this status has not been offically adopted under the Endangered Species Conservation Act and terrapins are still considered to be a game species with an open season from November 1 to March 31. Currently no data is collected on the harvest of terrapins in New Jersey even though their population is in decline.


To protect and preserve rare and imperiled wildlife that live, breed and migrate through New Jersey. The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey (CWF) is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to New Jersey’s rare wildlife, including the 73 species protected by law and the hundreds of others considered Species of Conservation Concern. Since our inception in 1990, CWF has worked to protect our wildlife resources through research, management, outreach, and education. Astounding - New Jersey, despite its urban reputation, has incredible biodiversity. Bobcat, Pine barrens treefrog, Bald eagle, Peregrine falcon and many more species live in the Garden State. Of the many species of wildlife that live in New Jersey many are in danger of becoming extinct or extirpated. They are all protected by federal or state endangered species laws. However, this not does not always mean they are safe. Biologists with assistance from volunteers continually work to manage and protect rare species in New Jersey. Check out our work at http://www.conservewildlifenj.org Thank you for helping us protect rare species in New Jersey! 1. Healthy biodiversity leads to a better quality of life for all. 2. We can share our space with wildlife, and we should. 3. New Jersey's biodiversity should be protected for our future and our childrens' future.

Northern Diamondback Terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin terrapin) are native to New Jersey and inhabit the many miles of coastal salt marshes and estuaries along the Atlantic Coast and Delaware Bay. They live exclusively in brackish water (a mixture of both salt and fresh water). Terrapins were once very common and were used as a main food source of protein by Native Americans and then European settlers. In the early 1900s it was hunted so extensively that it almost faced extinction. Terrapin stew was a popular delicacy in the U.S. and terrapins were exported to several European countries. In the late 19th century, 400,000 lbs were harvested annually (True, 1887). By 1920, their population dwindled and only 823 lbs were harvested in one year on the Chesapeake Bay and cost $125/dozen. Prohibition (sherry was a main ingredient in soup) and the great depression (people could not afford high cost of terrapins) helped reduce desire and demand for terrapins. Luckily, during the 1920s, use of terrapins for food dropped in popularity. This allowed the population to slightly recover and avoid extinction. Today, habitat loss, mortality from being drowned in crab traps, and road mortality all pose major threats to the health of the population in New Jersey. Learn more: http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/protecting/projects/terrapin/ True, F. W. 1887. The turtle and terrapin fisheries, pp. 493–503. In: G.B. Goode et al. (eds.), The Fisheries and Fishery Industries of the United States. Section 5, volume 2, part XIX. U.S. Commission on Fisheries, Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.


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