There are some things that remain constant despite the strange weather patterns. I always see snakes crossing the road a few days before First Turtle Day. Without fail, there is the inevitable spring day when I must stop on the road to move a turtle safely across. Their small round shapes are easy to see far ahead. Long before I arrive, they are pulled into their shells for safety so it is easy to pick them up and carefully move them across the road. I move them in the exact direction they were traveling. I suspect that land turtles may have a homing instinct like the great sea turtles and I do not want to take them too far off their path. I feel such a great compassion for these slow, gentle creatures who have no defense whatsoever against human beings. Throughout the spring months there will be dead turtles on Interstate 70. In fact, wherever human beings can drive their vehicles at high rates of speed, there will be dead turtles, their bodies linger for days on the shoulders of the roads. There is no excuse for a dead turtle on a country road.
|Ornate Box Turtle - photo by Anda Arms|