Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Turtles: They're on the move

Posted By on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 4:33 PM

According to the Colorado Reptile Society, water and land turtles are returning to their summer homes after hibernation. Thus, you may encounter one specimen on his or her journey.

Naturally, you should leave the turtles alone:

If you see a turtle on a road, the best thing is to help it to the other side (minding your own safety!) in the direction it was headed. Turtles do know where they are going — turning the turtle around will only delay its eventual and perhaps unsafe road crossing.

A wild turtle moving around is not homeless — so unless the turtle is truly in the midst of a city, please don’t remove it from the wild. Treat it just like an elk in Rocky Mountain National Park — wonderful to look at and enjoy, not something meant for a pet!

The distribution, populations and trends among turtles, snakes, lizards and toads are poorly known in our state, says Colorado Parks & Wildlife. But you can get a fairly good idea of who's native with its Herpetofaunal Atlas.

But, if it is a herp your hurtin' for (like this wily woman, Rita), the society, located in Longmont, has water turtles, box turtles and tortoises in need of adoption. They need outdoor habitats like ponds or a pen. Call 303/776-2070 or visit corhs.org for information.

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