One of the great things about walking in the Meadowlands is you never know who you'll run into. I encountered this guy on the first day of summer.
He saw me before I saw him, and froze. That appears to be a major terrapin defense mechanism: Act like part of the scenery until you decide it's time for Plan B.
In the photo above, it's time for Plan B: Make a run for it.
For a previous post on diamondback terrapins, including a short video, click here.
— Jim Wright for NJMC