Turtles are often found on roads for the following reasons:
- It is normal for turtles to return to the same nesting spot each spring. It is also normal for them to lay their eggs on land and then return to water. It is a good idea to notify your local nature center if the hatchlings will need to cross the road to get back to water.
- In the process of looking for a mate in the spring, turtles will commonly travel long distances. Often they’ll be found crossing roads. If so, help it along to the side of the road towards which it is traveling.
- Turtles are cold blooded and need to bask in the sun in spring, summer, and fall. Black asphalt roads are especially appealing to them because they retain the heat. Relocate them to a sunny rock instead. If it is a snapping turtle, call an expert!
Note: If you find a turtle with notches or tags on its shell, it could be part of a study. Call around, or search online to see if you can report the turtle sighting. This information is part of research, and you can be part of it!