neoTerrapin was born out of a labor of love. The Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin sp.) is truly a unique creature. I initially created a website in the early 2000's as a means to showcase its beauty and to educate the public regarding the plight of this secretive turtle. "neo" is derived from the Greek word "neos" which means a new and different form. Wild populations of terrapins are dangerously stressed from different environmental and commercial factors and should be left alone. Yet the demand for terrapins in exotic animal circles has not waned as it once did as a gourmet food item. This necessitated the emergence of a new form of terrapin: one cultivated for its beauty rather than its taste, one that is adapted to captive conditions and surpasses wild terrapins in aesthetic appeal.
I was forced to abandon keeping and breeding diamondback terrapins when I relocated in 2010 to a state where they are under protection. However, this website will continue to feature quality hatchlings from quality breeders from time to time so make sure to check in periodically.