DEC: Watch out for turtles on the road!

(WKBW) - The next time you're behind the wheel, keep your eyes peeled for turtles. That's what the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking all motorists to do in May and June. 

If you do see a turtle crossing the road, you're asked to use caution, safely step out of the vehicle and move the reptile to the side of the road. 

Picking up a turtle by its tail can frighten or injure the reptile, according to the DEC. They also ask that you use extreme caution when moving snapping turtles. 

According to the DEC, turtles are on the move this time of year, seeking sandy areas or loose soil to lay their eggs. 

The DEC says thousands of turtles are hit and killed by vehicles every year. The DEC also reminds motorists that is illegal to take native turtles into personal possession. 

 

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