DuPage Co. wildlife officials warn drivers to slow down and brake for turtles during their breeding season

CHICAGO (SCS) — The DuPage County Forest Preserve District is warning drivers that it’s turtle mating season.

This means there are more on the road, especially from mid-May to mid-July, as turtles move to and from nesting sites.

Reptile experts say cars are a real danger because turtles can’t move fast enough to get out of the way and those hard shells are no match for cars.

A wildlife specialist said the roads near ponds and lakes are great crossing points and offered suggestions for moving a turtle to safety, including having a towel in the car to place the reptiles in, then dragging her to a safer place by the side of the road. .

It is easier to spot turtles if you leave an appropriate distance between cars and do not endanger other drivers by stopping suddenly.

Do you see turtles on your travels? This is a very busy time for turtles looking for nesting places. Remember to keep an eye out for them on the road and follow these tips if you come across one. 🐢

Posted by Forest Preserve District of DuPage County on Tuesday, May 3, 2022


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