Turtles are on the move once the weather gets warm—but sometimes, a road or a highway stands between them and their destination. Speeding traffic and slow-moving turtles don’t mix, and many turtles are severely injured or killed on roads every year.
Turtles in danger of being struck by a car (but who are uninjured) should be helped across the road. Pick them up by grasping them firmly by both sides of the body, in front of their hind legs. Always keep them moving in the same direction that they were headed. Do not try to make them change course, as they have a destination in mind and will simply try to cross the road again if placed back where they started from.
If you see an injured turtle on the road, rush the animal to a veterinarian, an animal shelter, or a wildlife rehabilitator to be assessed.
Help turtles avoid the road completely. If you’re in a grassy area and notice turtles heading toward a road, take action before it’s too late. Just remember: Always keep them moving in the same direction that they were headed and don’t relocate turtles to new areas.