Photo provided courtesy of the Humane Society.
How did the turtle cross the road? Ground and air transportation? The turtle was in the very middle of South Cannon Boulevard. The air transportation was provided by me as I carried it to the side of the road and hopefully, to safety.
This is something we have all seen and maybe even participated in. But there may be something else to this. Did you know that you should always place the turtle across the road in the direction it was facing? If you don't, it will turn around and try to cross the road again.
Turtles are restless in the spring and fall. In the spring they are searching for mates and for egg-laying territory. In the fall they are looking for a place to hibernate. Turtles are very methodical and their instincts are very strong. A box turtle will only roam over an acre or so in its entire life.
These general rules will apply to most of the turtles we have in the mid-state region. However, be very CAREFUL if you decide to move a snapping turtle. Their bite can inflict some real damage.
When I worked at Walden's Puddle, I had to transport a snapping turtle to the vet clinic to have a cracked shell repaired. The turtle weighed 22 pounds and would not fit into any mobile cage we had at the time. I was driving on the interstate, and the previously inactive turtle suddenly started lunging across to the front seat.
This was one of those incidents that is funny in hindsight only!