Over 70% of Southern Ontario’s wetlands have been drained or filled or otherwise converted to other uses. The wetlands that remain are often fragmented by roads.
Although Ontario’s turtles spend most of their time in the water, both males and females travel on land of the spring, summer, and fall. All turtle species need to lay their eggs on dry land. Since roads are everywhere they often need to cross them to get to their nesting sites. About half of the turtles hit by cars are adult females on their way to lay eggs. June is the height of nesting season, but be sure to keep an eye out for turtles crossing roads anytime between April and November!
Unlike other animals that are often hit by cars, turtles move slowly. It is not hard to avoid them if you are driving a reasonable speed and looking far ahead. Not only is driving carefully safer for turtles – it’s also safer for you and your family!