Motorists be on the alert for turtles

I’ve already rescued 2 painted turtles along Adirondack roadways

Lake Stewardship

Each June, motorists should be on the alert for turtles crossing the road.

Did you know?

  • Our native turtles are on the move in June seeking sandy areas to lay their eggs
  • In New York, thousands of turtles are killed each year when they are struck by vehicles as they migrate to their nesting areas
  • It may take more than 10 years for a turtle to reach breeding age, and they lay just one small clutch of eggs each year, so the loss of a breeding female can have a significant effect on the local population
  • All eleven species of land turtles that are native to New York are declining

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