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European pond terrapin, Emys orbicularis
 
Red-eared terrapins, Trachemys scripta elegans

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From an Algonquian word torope ("little turtle"); compare Abenaki tolba (turtle).

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terrapin (plural terrapins)

  1. Any of several small turtles, of the families Emydidae and Geoemydidae, that live in fresh or brackish water.

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