With Spring lurching forward in Colorado, you might not be surprised to see a land or water turtle on the move. This is a time when turtles may seek a new home, move to their regular summer areas from hibernation, or be crossing a road that crosses their habitat. If you see a turtle on a
road, the best thing is to help it to the other side (minding your own safety!) in the direction it was headed. Turtles do know where they are going – turning the turtle around will only delay its eventual and perhaps unsafe road crossing.
A wild turtle moving around is not homeless – so unless the turtle is truly in the midst of a city, please don’t remove it from the wild. Treat it just like an elk in rocky Mountain National Park – wonderful to look at and enjoy, not something meant for a pet!
However, if you do want a pet turtle, Colorado Reptile Humane Society has water turtles for your pond, box turtles, and tortoises, all who need healthy, outdoor habitats. Now is the time to build or prepare your existing outdoor pen for a box turtle or tortoise. Visit our habitat requirements and adoption information at www.corhs.org or call 303-776-2070.