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NOAA Photo Library Image - fish9615

The small male terrapin rates considerable respect as father of a family of 4 to 6 females which produce over 100 fertilized eggs each per year. If the females are separated from the male they will continue producing fertilized eggs for 3 years. The male eats considerable seafood for his size and has wives over 50 years old that produce as many eggs as the young ones.

Image ID: fish9615, NOAA's Historic Fisheries Collection
Photographer: H. T. P.
Credit: NOAA Central Library Historical Fisheries Collection

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