Turtles are moving to find suitable nesting sites

Vermont’s turtles are moving to find suitable nesting sites, leading the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department to call for public assistance to ensure their safety. Female turtles often select risky locations such as driveways and road shoulders, putting them at risk of vehicle collision. Biologist Luke Groff highlights the potential population impact of losing mature breeding females. With turtle nesting peaking between late May and early June, Groff urges drivers to be cautious, especially near ponds and wetlands. He advises people to help turtles cross the road safely, if possible, but warns against handling snapping turtles directly due to their powerful bite.