We got some bad news from Beaver Lake Road yesterday - 5 baby Western Painted Turtles had been run over. This particular stretch of road is one of the worst in Victoria, with records of road kill hatchlings every year since 2008.
The Pacific population of Western Painted Turtle is an endangered species. Road mortality has been identified as one the major threats to their survival in our region. Picking turtles up almost never helps them, even if they seem lost (they probably aren't!), but turtles on roads is the exception. Help them cross the road in whatever direction they are going, so that less cautious drivers do not hit them accidently.