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This week what I have noticed not only on my social media account(s) but also out on the roads is Turtle awareness. It is during the early parts of spring that the turtles which have been deep in the mud for the winter, start to climb out to find mates, places to lay eggs & to find a new pond residence. One of our local & much loved farmer & his wife, a veterinarian, are very much involved in turtle rescue & rehabilitation. Road signs warning of known turtle crossings are every where in this area as we have a lot of ponds, rivers & creeks; all favourite locations for turtles.
One of the many types of turtle crossing signs in our area. Photo from the internet.
The most common two turtles in this area are snapping turtles & painted turtles, which tend to be smaller than snappers. I've heard that if you have painted turtles in your pond you won't get snapping turtles, but I have no scientific knowledge to back that claim up.
Turtles are slow & take quite a bit of effort & time to cross the roads & highways, so crushed turtles on the road are quite common during the spring migration / awakening. Sad.
Above photo is a snapping turtle crossing the road.
Farmer's wife, Dr Kristen has people that find crushed but alive turtles bring the turtles to her for immediate stabilization before she transports them to the turtle hospital. It is SO amazing what the technology can do these days.
The above photo is of Dr Kristen with a 30lb, recently rescued snapping turtle. He had a cracked shell but will recover. The photo is courtesy of Farmer Tim's social media (F/B) site. Look at those claws, that is one big turtle! She's much braver than I would ever be handling such a big boy.
Mr Man & I stop for turtles & will help them across the road (if safe to do). During this time of the year we carry a large flat shovel in the back of the car to help pick up turtles, especially the snapping turtles - they bite!
So if you see the turtle crossing signs, please slow down & be aware of one of our fellow travelers in the world & please give him/her a helping hand if safe to do or at least allow them to safely cross the road under their own power. Also please find a local turtle rescue in your area so if at the very least you call them to advise of a turtle in trouble. Thanks.