Slow Down at ‘Turtles Crossings’

Here’s what your family can do to prevent turtle road deaths.

Watch for Turtles!

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Every spring, mama turtles put their lives on the line crossing roads to lay their eggs. Road deaths are contributing to a sharp decline in turtles – most species are now at risk of extinction.

Here’s what your family can do:

  • Slow down when driving through wetlands
  • Watch for turtles on or near roadways
  • Help a turtle cross the road if it’s safe to do so
  • Use two hands to gently move non-snappers
  • Coax a snapper using a shovel, board, or blanket
  • Don’t pick up a turtle by the tail; you may damage its spine
  • Report drivers who intentionally run over a turtle to the MNR tips line 1 877 847-7667
  • If you find an injured turtle, contact the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre at 705 741-5000

The Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre operates a turtle hospital, completes conservation work in the field, and provides educational programs to protect turtles and wetland habitats.
Info: www.kawarthaturtle.org

Author: LocalParent

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