Why did the turtle cross the road?
We have had several recent reports of our only native freshwater turtle, the western pond turtle, ending up in some pretty precarious situations - trying to cross busy roads around Point Reyes. As the rains recede and the weather warms, turtles are returning to creeks and ponds that they were flooded out from during this winter's high water events. While it is not uncommon for turtles to overwinter in upland habitats, they at times must cross busy roads to get back home in the spring. While we would not normally advise handling wildlife, if you do see a turtle crossing the road, find a safe place to pull over, and, again if safe, pick up the turtle by grabbing the sides of the shell in between the front and back feet and move it off the road in the direction that it was travelling. Thanks for your help in providing safe passage for these turtles.
NPS Photo/Dave Press. (sc). #ProtectYourPark #PointReyesNPS #NPWest