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Diamondback Terrapins should be kept in a large aquarium complete with areas to bask, filter systems and full spectrum UV lighting. Wild caught individuals require a saltwater environment with a minimum of a cup of salt for every 10 gallons. The specific gravity should be between 1.010 and 1.008. Water should be slightly acidic. It has been reported that captive born Diamondback Terrapins don't need salt in their water.

Diamondback Terrapins prefer to lay their eggs in a scrape or burrow and so should be placed somewhere with a significant amount of substrate around laying time. Females will lay several clutches per year, usually beginning soon after hibernation and will continue laying about one clutch per month throughout much of the summer. Each clutch consists of several eggs. The ideal incubation temperature is 80 to 83 degrees Fahrenheit. The eggs usually incubate around 90 days before hatching.

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