Vermont Fish And Wildlife Urging People To Watch For Turtles

May 14, 2018

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging people to watch out for turtles on the state's roadways.

During the spring, female turtles look for places to deposit their eggs and they sometimes choose to lay along the shoulders of roads.

Biologist Steve Parren says turtles often cross roads as they search for a nest site.

Peak turtle nesting occurs from late May through June.  Motorists are urged to keep an eye out for turtles in the road, especially when driving near ponds and wetlands.

Most turtles can simply be picked up and carried across the road.  But if there are no colorful lines, spots, or other markings it is probably a snapping turtle and people should push the turtle across the road with an object like a shovel or broom to avoid being bitten.

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