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Turtles and roads are a deadly combination

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It's nesting season for turtles.

Environmental officials said that and driving make for a dangerous combination.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection sought to remind drivers on Tuesday to be wary of turtles crossing roads.

It said it's their nesting season and egg-bearing turtles often cross roads in search of terrestrial nesting sites.

“Connecticut’s landscape is highly fragmented by busy roads, and many turtles are forced to travel great distances – and across roadways – to find suitable nesting habitat,” said Rick Jacobson, director of the DEEP Wildlife Division. “Helping a turtle move across the road can be the difference between life and death for the animal, and for future generations, but your safety comes first. Be sure to assist a turtle in the road only when it is safe to do so and do not attempt to stop traffic.”

Jacobson said statistics show that aquatic turtles across the country have high proportions of males because females are killed on roadways.

When rescuing a turtle, he recommended:

  • Keeping it pointed in the direction it was going.
  • Do not move it to a better spot.
  • Do not put box turtles in a lake, pond or other water body. (They have a home range.)

Turtles often head to the same general area to lay eggs.

DEEP said snapping turtles can be large, heavy and feisty. They should be picked up by the back of their shells, not by their tail, to avoid a bite.

For more information on turtles in Connecticut, head to DEEP's website here.

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