Where can I find a turtle?
|Help them to cross the street!
You mostly see turtles crossing roads between April and October. They do this for many reasons. In the spring, male turtles are looking for females and territory to call their own, while females are looking for places to nest. During the late summer and fall, hatchling turtles are digging up from nests, looking for water and later on males and females are heading to places to hibernate. Sometimes they are migrating to a more suitable spot to live.
For whatever reasons these turtles are traveling, their destination can take them miles away from the water they live in. With greater human development, turtles must cross more roads. We can help them immensely, by taking only a few minutes out of our day.I Want To Help, What do I do?
200 Westborough Road
It is free to take a wild turtle here, but donations are accepted (and greatly appreciated). For more information about injured turtles click here or go to the Injured Turtle link at the top of any page.- When picking up a small turtle, grasp it on either side of its shell behind the front legs. The turtle will still be able to kick at you, but many will choose to stay safely tucked in, during the short time you are moving them. - Keep the turtle low to the ground when moving them. Even small turtles have surprising strength. If a turtle pushes free of your grip, you do not want it to fall and injure itself. - If the turtle is large (with a long tail), it may be a snapping turtle, they can be a bit aggressive and you might not want to attempt picking it up, but you can still help it across the road.
As you watch that turtle walking off, you should feel good. You have just helped one of Earth's oldest creatures.