Vermont Fish and Wildlife urging people to watch for turtles

May 14, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — 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 are looking for places to deposit their eggs and they sometimes choose to lay along the shoulders of roads, which can end tragically for the turtles.

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

He calls them a slow-moving animal in a fast-paced world. Turtles grow slowly and live a long time, so losing a mature breeding female is a huge loss to the turtle population.

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.

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