MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking people to help keep safe turtles that are frequently on the move during springtime.
Female turtles are looking for places to deposit their eggs and sometimes they choose to lay them along the shoulders of roads, increasing their risk of being hit by vehicles.
Biologist Steve Parren says turtles are a slow-moving reptile in a fast-paced world and they can have a tough time making it across the road.
Jim Andrews, from the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas, says that in some cases, people can help turtles across the road, but human safety should always come first. Always move a turtle in the direction it was traveling because it knows where it’s going.
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