Find a Turtle in the Road
This time of year, it is not uncommon to see turtles trying to make their way across the road. They may be migrating to lay their eggs, find a mate, or just traveling between wetlands. If you see a turtle in the roadway, here are some easy steps on how you can help it arrive at its destination safely:
Before exiting your vehicle, take proper precautions to ensure your safety.
Look for traffic, put your hazard lights on, and make sure you won’t be putting yourself in harm’s way.
Determine toward which direction the turtle is headed.
It’s very important to move the turtle TOWARD the direction it is intending. When turtles move, they are on a mission to get to where they are going. If it’s moved to the opposite side, it will simply cross the road again.
Determine what kind of turtle it is to determine the best way to move it.
Most turtles are peaceful, but snapping turtles have a powerful bite and will use it as a defense mechanism. They are also fast and can whip around or scratch.