Four Reasons You Shouldn’t Move A Turtle To Somewhere You Think Is Better
With the weather warming up turtles are going to be out and about and crossing roads everywhere. Here are some suggestions if you get the urge to relocate them...DON'T!
IT'S HAPPENED TO ALL OF US
Be honest you've done it before. You're either walking or driving along and you spot a cute little box turtle minding his or her own business strolling slowly across a street and you panic thinking it might get run over. So you carefully pick it up and help it cross the road safely or you decide to help it find somewhere 'better'.
For example a few years ago E'legance the Intern and I found a turtle at Owensboro RV and had the bright idea to take it to Fisher Park by the pond. We innocently thought a turtle might like being by the water. We had no idea the harm we could have caused it.
WHY TYPES OF TURTLES LIVE IN KENTUCKY
I'll be the first to admit I am not a turtle guru. I had no idea there were 14 different types of turtles living right here in Kentucky. I would have guessed two.
According to an article in Pet Keen here are the different types;
- EASTER BOX TURTLE
- RED-EARED SLIDER
- EASTER RIVER COOTER
- FALSE MAP TURTLE
- MISSISSIPPI MUD TURTLE
- OUACHITA MAP TURTLE
- COMMON MAP TURTLE
- MIDLAND PAINTED TURTLE
- EASTERN MUD TURTLE
- COMMON MUSK TURTLE
- ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLE
- COMMON STAPPING TURTLE
- SMOOTH SOFTSHELL
- SPINY SOFTSHELL
HERE'S WHY YOU DON'T MOVE A TURTLE SOMEWHERE BETTER
With the weather warming up turtles are going to want to get out and about. It's the time of year from now until late summer early fall when we find a lot of our cute shelled friends crossing the road. If you observe a turtle crossing the road here are a few things you need to do to truly help it get to where it is going safely;
- Do not take them to a different area from where they are. Turtles get acclimated to certain areas and when you move them you put them at risk of picking up diseases and other sicknesses that their body may not be able to fight off.
- You should not keep a wild turtle if you find one say in your backyard. They are not used to the environment and won't thrive.
- Turtles have their homes with them on their backs. They very rarely travel more than a mile and a half from where they were born.
- If moved from their home they will continually try and find their home FOREVER. This is awful to think about if you move them miles and miles away from home it confuses them. LEAVE THEM BE but get them to safety!
MEET OTIS THE CUTEST BOX TURTLE EVER
Box turtles are probably the most common type of pet turtle. Each has its own personality and Otis is a step above the rest.
THERE'S A KENTUCKY TURTLE DERBY
Apparently, here in Kentucky just like the horse derby there is a turtle derby and it's wildly popular.