Turtles are on the move this time of year, definitely keep a close eye out for them when you’re out driving (or riding in someone else’s car)!
You’ll want to get out of your car and help the turtle move in the direction he or she was heading. Turtles know where they are going, and they will turn back into traffic if you don’t send them where they wanted to go.
Turtles have slow metabolisms and can suffer for days, even weeks, before dying. Test for a reaction by pinching a back toe, or very gently touching the corner of turtle’s eye lid (if possible). Injured turtles must be contained and transported to a vet or animal shelter right away.
This photo is graphic, but it illustrates how important it is that you stop and check on turtles who have been hit. Turtles that are hit by cars are probably still alive and suffering badly. This turtle was still alive when PETA’s Community Animal Project found him:
Thanks for helping turtles!