A Warning To Drivers To Watch For Turtles

A word of caution to motorists in this region, especially in the county.

This is the time of year that more and more turtles appear on the road and at least one wildlife rehabilitation centre has seen a dramatic increase in the number of reptiles that have been hit by vehicles.

Wings Rehab in Amherstburg sees about 15 turtles per year — but that's how many they've seen in the last four days.

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Injured turtles at Wings Rehab Centre in Amherstburg (Photo courtesy of Wings Rehab Centre)

If it's safe to do so, Jennifer of Wings Rehab suggests picking up a turtle if you see it injured on the road.

"The snappers can snap halfway back in their shell so you always pick them up by the back of their shell, if you have a towel or a shovel that's even better, just scoop them up and put them in your trunk," she says.

City of Windsor Naturalist, Karen Cedar tells CTV Windsor, this is the season that turtles set out to lay eggs.

"A lot of our waterways are ditches that run along side roads and the first open piece of ground they find is right along the road, so unfortunately this it he time of year when turtles seem to get hit quite a bit and they're always breeding females which is the worst ones to lose," says Cedar.

If you spot a turtle crossing the road, officials suggest you pull over safely and put it to the side of the road that they're facing because that's where they want to go.

In the event you find a wild animal that requires help, Wings Rehab has several locations where you can drop off, including  Lauzon Veterinary Hospital, Windsor Essex County Humane Society, Ojibway Nature Centre or the Wings Main Office in Amherstburg.

 

— with files from CTV's Chris Campbell