Protecting our local environment is most effective when it is a community-wide effort. Thank you to everyone who is doing their part!
- Terrapins are wild animals; please leave them in their wild homes.
- If you find an injured terrapin, the best thing to do is contact a wildlife rehabilitator directly and take the animal there. Contact information can be found at https://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/pdf/rehab_list.pdf. The Wetlands Institute is not licensed as a rehabilitation center.
There’s a hatchling terrapin!
- Unless the terrapin is in a life-threatening situation, please leave it alone.
- If it is in immediate danger on a road: Move the hatchling off the road to vegetation or, if there is none, a nearby salt marsh. Release it underneath the fallen grasses along the marsh—not in the water.
There’s a terrapin on the road!
- Wait for the terrapin to cross, or carefully help her cross in the direction she is going. She may have eggs, so be gentle!
- If the terrapin is injured, gently place her in a box and contact a wildlife rehabilitator. Contact information can be found at https://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/pdf/rehab_list.pdf. The Wetlands Institute is not licensed as a rehabilitation center.
There’s a terrapin nesting in my yard!
- Quietly observe her from afar. She is easily frightened!
- Leave the nest site undisturbed.