[NAFEX] turtles (off-topic, Pomona article)
tanistanis at hotmail.com
Sat Nov 5 12:03:41 EST 2005
The current Pomona has a great article by Bruce Hansen, 'Fall Peace'. Very
well written, it certainly put me in mind of my favorite woods. But he
mentions rescuing turtles from roads and releasing them near his pond. In
Wisconsin (I don't know about Michigan) "box turtle" is a dry prairie
species which needs open dry sand more than it needs open water. And it's
my understanding that wetland turtles are crossing a road to get to "their"
pond, and they will keep moving until they find "their" pond. (This may be
just one species, or a couple species, I don't know if applies to all.) In
short, transporting turtles away from a road to a quiet friendly pond may be
the intuitive thing, but it may be worse for the turtle than just helping it
get across the road.
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