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Please Brake for Our Turtles (Jun. 2016)

June 20, 2016

Brake for TurtlesWe all love summertime in the beautiful Kawarthas. Part of the attraction to this area is our close proximity to nature and that means sharing this green space with natures inhabitants. This is the time of year in the Kawarthas when the turtles are moving about and are now being spotted regularly along our roadways. Our turtles are a vital part of our ecosystem that we must preserve.

Although most of our turtles are water dwellers, they all lay their eggs on dry land. Since roads are everywhere, the turtles cross them to get to their nesting sites. Most turtles hit by cars are adult females trying to lay eggs. June is prime nesting season, but turtles cross roads anytime between April and November!  PLEASE BRAKE FOR OUR TURTLES.

Consider being a Kawartha Turtle Steward!! You can easily do your part.

You’ll want to get out of your car and help the turtle move in the direction he or she was heading. Turtles know where they are going, and they will turn back into traffic if you don’t send them where they wanted to go.

  • Small turtles can be picked up and carried across the road. Using both hands, you’ll want to gently scoop the turtle up by holding the shell/body, in between the front and back legs.
  • Large turtles or snapping turtles should be handled as little as possible. and should be guided or protected until finished their crossing. If you need to assist them, wear gloves if you’ve got them, and gently encourage the turtle onto a solid, flat surface (like a piece of sturdy cardboard) that can be safely moved a short distance with the turtle on top of it.

If you spot a turtle who is injured and/or has been hit by a car, please don’t assume he or she is dead! Turtles have slow metabolisms and can suffer for days, even weeks, before dying. Test for a reaction by pinching a back toe, or very gently touching the corner of turtle’s eye lid (if possible). Injured turtles must be contained and transported to the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre right away. Call the drop off line at (705) 741-5000

If a turtle is not injured, and not in the street—leave ’em alone! You can look and learn from a distance. Be respectful to the little dudes. They don’t need to be stressed or displaced for your entertainment.  Teach your children to be responsible turtle friends.