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What is the sports mascot for the University of Maryland?

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The sports mascot for the University of Maryland is a Diamondback terrapin, as of 2015. The mascot, named Testudo, was formally unveiled on May 23, 1933.

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The University of Maryland selected the Diamondback terrapin at the suggestion of football coach Dr. H. Curley Byrd during a school-wide search for a new mascot. The university’s location, combined with the fact that the terrapin is native to the Chesapeake Bay, made the terrapin a sensible choice. Although the origins of the mascot itself are settled, the name is not. Many people believe that the name Testudo stems from testudines, the scientific designation for turtles.

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