West Plains, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation shares Wild Turtle Week awareness. The United States has more turtle species than any other country, but many populations are declining dramatically due to habitat loss, roadkill, and illegal collection.
Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, PARC, shared six ways to help wild turtles.
- Don’t share details: Only post general locations of wild turtles online.
- Remove the shell from the road: If safe, help the turtles cross the roads in the direction they are heading.
- Leave turtles at home: Wild turtles have complex needs and are unlikely to do well in captivity without specialist veterinary care.
- Rehouse unwanted pets or take them to a shelter: Never release pet turtles into the wild. Your pet is unlikely to survive in the wild and could harm other wild animals by introducing disease.
- Report Wildlife Crimes: Familiarize yourself with state and national laws that protect native turtles and regulate their possession and collection.
- Help turtles thrive in the wild: Look for volunteer opportunities to support turtle habitat in your community or at home.
You can learn more about Helping Wild Turtles by clicking this link: https://parcplace.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Six-Ways-to-Help-Turtles.pdf