Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Box turtles

Ann wants to tell you about ME - You can call me Carolina
I learned something today that I would like to share with you about the
Eastern Box Turtle
(Terrapene carolina) is one of two species of box turtles found in the United
States
Do you know what to do when you see a turtle crosses a road?
I did not know this until early 2009.
UMMMMMMMMMMM wonder who belongs to those shoes?

Moving or relocating such turtles will only result in tragedy.

If you see a turtle that must be relocated you must first be SAFE!

Pull off the road in a SAFE PLACE.

Move the turtle to the far side of the road
BUT in the direction the turtle was heading.
BE CAREFUL of traffic…your life is more important.
Sometimes land that is being cleared for development will disrupt the turtle
habitat.
Move the turtle to the nearest woodlot or pasture.
Best bet is to work to reduce urban sprawl.
I am free now to rejoin my family.

But remember!

Support the protection of wild areas and habitats where box turtles might

live.

Habitat loss and fragmentation are both severe threats to box turtle

populations.

As their habitat shrinks, the turtles will have a more difficult time finding food,

shelter, and mates.

By helping to protect their habitat, you are giving these turtles a place to live,

as well as helping other species that share the same habitat as the turtles.

2 comments:

Abe Lincoln said...

Excellent post. And the photos are really great.

I have not seen a turtle around here in ages. I can't remember seeing one since we moved here in 1962. So this was a kind of reunion for me.

dot said...

Love your pictures! I saw one last year but like Abe, I don't see them often.