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For other uses, see Terrapin (disambiguation).

Terrapin is a term used in English for several smaller species of turtle living in fresh or brackish water. Terrapins do not form a taxonomic unit, and may not be very closely related, although many belong to the families Geoemydidae and Emydidae. A distinction between turtle and terrapin does not exist in other European languages. The name "terrapin" is derived from the Algonquian word torope,[1] used for Malaclemys terrapin. In the UK red-eared sliders are known as "red-eared terrapins".[2]


Turtle species with "terrapin" in their common names include:


  1. ^ "Terrapin" at m-w.com
  2. ^ Wildlife of Britain. The definitive visual guide. Doring Kindersley. 2008. p. 168. ISBN 978-1-4053-6709-7.