Turtle on the Road: What to Do?

Alligator Snapping Turtle
Alligator Snapping Turtle
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Austin, TX -(Ammoland.com)- Why does the turtle cross the road? And what should you, as a passerby, do about it?

Texas has an incredible diversity of freshwater turtles from red-eared sliders to the diamond-backed terrapin, and state herpetologist Andy Gluesenkamp tells us where they may be going and how to help them on their journey.

Watch the video answer below to a question that has challenged car loads of travelers since family road trips began.

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Safety Alert: Exercise caution for human safety when providing turtle road assistance.

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Antonio White

Years ago I ran into or rather was stopped by a MD terrapin in road on a late night and did exactly that… I pulled over safely. Then got out and put the little fellow up over the side of the road into a grassy area in the direction that it heading so that it would not be harmed by the next passersby Unfortunately here in my area there seems to be many animals that are being hit or run over by intent which is a terrible shame. Especially since they can be avoided most of the time. A few… Read more »