Give turtles a helping hand
Recently, Emma Nelson of Rhinelander spotted this turtle laying her eggs. Unfortunately, a number of turtles don’t get a chance to lay their eggs, as many are killed while crossing busy roads in order to reach nesting sites. If it’s safe to do so, help a turtle cross a road by gently pushing it across in the direction it’s going. Never lift a turtle by its tail, as this can cause damage to its vertebrae. Be very cautious if helping a snapping turtle cross the road, as these creatures can stretch their necks quite a distance in order to bite. Instead, gently push the snapper across (one suggestion is to push it with a shovel) or induce it to bite on a sturdy stick and then pull it to the side of the road.