The Nature of Things
4:25 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Terrapins

Many of our local students are graduating from University of Maryland this week. And likely all of them know that the name of their famous mascot, Testudo, is the Latin word for tortoise.

But their mascot isn’t a tortoise at all. It is, of course, a terrapin. Diamondback terrapins, in particular, live in the Chesapeake Bay’s somewhat-fresh, somewhat-salty tidal waters.

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