Man, I am getting good at posting…on a serious streak right now.
Anyway, thought the title might peek everyone’s interest.
Here my first turtle page, on painted turtles. These turtles are pretty awesome and soooo adorable as babies. Its almost turtle time in Ontario, so keep your eyes peeled when driving, and if you see them trying to cross a road, or generally in an unsafe place, help them get to somewhere safe.
If found crossing a road, you want to pick them up (don’t worry they won’t hurt you), and move them in the direction they were going. Place them on the other side of the road, facing away from the road. If you find an injured or dead turtle, call a rehabilitator (I have provided some rehab links on my blog under additional resources). Even if the mother is dead, if her eggs are still intact and clean (no maggots), they can be harvested (taken out) and incubated and the babies will be released in the mothers home range. This means, make note of where the animal came from (this is true for all cases) as they are released back to their homes.
If you see these beautiful animals basking, appreciate how cool they are and how they play an important part in Ontario’s ecosystem.