This time of year, it’s good to keep an eye out for turtles that might be slowly crossing the road.
Lori Sargent is a wildlife biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
“They’re on the move because they’re looking for good nesting spots and some species move more than others,” she says.
She says Blanding’s turtles and snapping turtles are the ones you’ll see on the road most often. Sargent says Blanding’s turtles are on the decline in Michigan, mainly because so many get hit by cars.
“If it’s safe – you don’t want to get out on the road that’s a real busy road and endanger yourself – pull over to the side of the road and put the turtle to the side of the road that they’re facing because that’s where they want to go,” says Sargent.
She says it's important to carry the turtle over to the side of the road where they're going because otherwise, they'll just keep trying to cross the road.
Sargent says you can pick up a turtle by the edges of its shell, and support it underneath.
But be careful - snapping turtles can bite. Here are some tips on moving snapping turtles from Tufts University Wildlife Clinic: