In late spring and early summer, it is common to see turtles crossing roads as they search for mates and as females search for nesting sites. Injuries from collisions with motor vehicles are the most common reason we receive turtles at Tufts Wildlife Clinic.

Why do turtles get in the road?

Turtles often cross roads while searching for a place to lay eggs, which unfortunately can be a one-way trip if they are struck by a car in the process.

When you find a turtle in the road?

If there’s no oncoming traffic, let the turtle cross the road without help. Observe from a distance and avoid sudden movements that may startle it, otherwise the turtle may change direction, stop, or seek shelter within its shell. Handle Turtles Gently.

Is it good luck when a turtle crosses your path?

What does it mean when a turtle crosses your path? As you may have already figured out, turtles represent good fortune, longevity, and protection. A turtle crossing your path is a sign of good fortune.

What do you do when a turtle crosses the road?

Turtles should always be moved across roadways in as direct a line as possible. It may seem helpful to “assist” the turtle in its journey by moving them to a nearby waterbody, but it is important to remember the phrase, “If you care, leave it there.”