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What should I do if I find a turtle in the road?

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When you find a turtle crossing the road, it's suggested to pick them up and carry them to the side of the road heading in the direction they were walking. Credit: State of Connecticut.
When you find a turtle crossing the road, it’s suggested to pick them up and carry them to the side of the road heading in the direction they were walking. Credit: State of Connecticut.

By Stacey Venzel

If you spot a turtle crossing the road, it is helpful if you move the turtle away from traffic, placing it on the side in the direction it was headed. Of course, be sure that you watch out for your safety, especially on a busy street or with an alligator snapping turtle! If you encounter a snapping turtle in danger, it is best to drag it by its tail into safety.

 

Sources:

Whit Gibbons, Judy Greene, Turtle: The Animal Answer Guide (Baltimore, The John Hopkins University Press, 2009), 86.

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