Turtles Are On The Move!

Apr 13, 2018

Please give turtles a 'brake'. 
Turtles have been around for millions of years...then came the automobile. Frown

From MAY THROUGH NOVEMBER motorists should be on the alert for turtles crossing the road.

THOUSANDS of turtles are killed each year when they are struck by vehicles as they migrate to their traditional nesting sites.
ONTARIO has the highest density of roads of any location in Canada which is why road mortality is the major factor in turtle population declines. It takes an average of NINE MINUTES for some species of turtles to cross a road making them highly vulnerable.
70% of local wetlands have been lost to development so the remaining wetlands are CRUCIAL HABITATS for freshwater aquatic turtles, especially when you consider that 7 OF THE 8 ONTARIO NATIVE SPECIES OF TURTLES ARE CLASSIFIED AS "AT RISK".
The death of a breeding female is EXTREMELY DETRIMENTAL to turtle populations. Less than 1% of eggs laid will reach sexual maturity. Less than 1% !!! 

PLEASE, GIVE TURTLES A 'BRAKE'.  
 
WHAT TO DO: Should you encounter a turtle on the road, watch the Metro Toronto Zoo's video at this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lgd_B6iKPxU
 
THE TURTLE TALLY: It’s important to REPORT ANY AND ALL turtle road encounters, living, injured or dead. 
Use this link: http://www.torontozoo.com/adoptapond/turtletally.asp 
 
DOWNLOAD ONTARIO NATURE'S MOBILE APP: “Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas” 
https://ontarionature.org/ontario-reptile-amphibian-atlas-app/
 
IF YOU SEE A TURTLE EMERGENCY, IMMEDIATELY CONTACT:
***Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre in Napanee 613-354-0264 / sandypines@gmail.com OR
***Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre in Peterborough 705-741-5000 / info@ontarioturtle.ca
 
PLEASE NOTE: Dead turtles SHOULD be transported to either location as they may be able to extract the eggs for incubation from female turtles that have been killed on the road!
 
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