Here’s how N.J.’s turtles fit in the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade

Diamondback terrapin turtle

MICHAEL SOL WARREN / NJ.COM – What’s a turtle worth, anyway?

On the black market, a single turtle of the right species can pull in hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

If it’s an exotic species, that single turtle can become a small part of the multi-billion dollar international wildlife trade.

The recent arrest of a Pennsylvania man who allegedly smuggled diamondback terrapins, a coveted turtle species, out of New Jersey to sell them online has put a spotlight on the Garden State’s place in the international wildlife trafficking network …

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