The diamondback terrapin is a species of turtle that lives in the marshes surrounding Jekyll Island. This unique species has long been a part of the natural and cultural history of the region, but is now threatened by human activities in the marsh.
Each summer, dozens of female terrapins are hit by vehicles on the Jekyll Island Causeway as they cross the road in search of good nesting habitat. Most of these injured turtles do not survive, and if this high road mortality continues, the local terrapin population may decline to a dangerously low size.
The GSTC and its conservation partners utilize many strategies to help protect Jekyll terrapins.