Here are some tips from the Minnesota DNR to help our neighboring turtles make it safely to their wintering grounds (this list was modified for Scott County):
- Please do not put yourself or others in danger to save turtles. If it is safe, pull your vehicle over to the side of the road and turn on the hazard lights. This should be enough to let other drivers know to slow down.
- If the turtle is not in danger, please let it cross unassisted.
- If the turtle is in danger:
- Pick it up gently by its shell. Be careful, turtles can bite.
- Always move the turtle in the direction it was traveling in.
- Remember to wash your hands afterwards.
- Contact DNR’s Nongame Wildlife Program staff if you encounter any of these three species of turtle: Blandings, Wood, or Smooth Softshell. Staff contact information is available here: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/nongame/central.html
- Let them know where you saw the turtle and if you assisted it across the road.
- Help document turtle crossings: DNR and Scott County have an interest in knowing where these reptiles are crossing.