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Student documents existence of elusive turtle in southern Rhode Island

Recent anecdotal evidence has suggested that the elusive diamondback terrapin may be breeding in southern Rhode Island, so scientists from the University of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Natural History Survey have sent URI student Meghan Beatty to find out if it’s true.

A resident of Sandwich, Mass., who grew up in Bristol, R.I., Beatty has spent her summer paddling a kayak along the perimeter of Rhode Island’s coastal ponds looking for the telltale signs of the unusual creature.

“Until now, the only known population of terrapins in Rhode Island has been in Hundred Acre Cove in Barrington and in the Palmer River in Warren,” explained Beatty, a...


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