OBSERVE  |  CALL  |  WAIT

1. OBSERVE
Injured reptiles and amphibians need care right away by a Licensed Rehabilitator. Always keep children and pets away. 

Between the months of May and June, it is safe to assume that a turtle injured on a roadway is a female travelling to lay her eggs. Consider all wild turtles to be endangered and we can't afford to lose the mother and her unhatched fledgelings.

AM I AN ORPHAN?
Unlike mammals, many reptiles and amphibians do not apply to the "orphan" definition since most are "ready to go" from birth (hatching). 
Exceptions would include alligators and crocodiles (to name a few) who have been known to fiercely defend and lovingly care for their young. 


I FOUND TURTLE EGGS
Consider all wild turtles to be endangered. Unlike bird eggs, turtle eggs cannot be touched once out of their mother's womb and dry! If you found them, leave them untouched. If you hit a turtle in May or June, or you can see the eggs inside her (from injury), bring her (with her eggs inside) to a Wildlife Rehabilitator for extraction and incubation!

The tiny embryo inside waits until the viscous material on the shell dries to make the shell breathable. Once dry (under ground), the tiny embryo attaches his/her umbilical-equivalent "breathing tube" to the shell. The tiny baby will take his/her first breaths of air this way. Moving the egg at this stage will break the "breathing tube" and suffocate the baby.  
2. CALL
Find and contact a rehabilitator who specialises in the species you are calling about.

http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2222&q=320800&deepNav_GID=1655


I BREAK FOR TURTLES & SNAKES
You don't have to be cute and furry to be deserving of respect, so please, do not use lethal force on our native reptiles. 

Just like our turtles, our native snakes have a job to do. Play it safe by staying out of their way in Nature and let them do what they were designed to do. If you encounter a snake at your residence, call a specialist on reptiles to relocate him/her. Do not end his/her life with a shovel or other lethal force. 

From an area of the world known for its reptiles, see how Wildlife Rehabilitators (like David Reed) handle them in the Outback:  7 minutes in

This poor python girl was left for dead with her eggs and a young croc (with Chris Peberdy) needs physical therapy to swim after years of neglect:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2OMB8_grHs

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, in a news release, reminded state residents "to be on the lookout for turtles crossing roads."

The months of May and June are the nesting season for many turtles and during this season egg-bearing aquatic turtles often cross roads in search of terrestrial nesting sites.

Helping a turtle move across the road can be the difference between life and death for the animal, and for future generations, but your safety comes first. Be sure to assist a turtle in the road only when it is safe to do so and do not attempt to stop traffic.

If you are unable to “shoo” them to safety, pick them up by the back of their shells (not by the tail):
  • ALWAYS keep the turtle pointed in the direction it is going
  • DO NOT move the turtle to a “better spot"
  • DO NOT put terrestrial box turtles in any body of water
Turtles and snakes are often the victims of road collisions and lawn mower damage. If one is found injured, contact one of the reptile and amphibian Rehabilitators.


3. WAIT
Your patience is greatly appreciated.
Please do not pick up the animal, unless you are instructed to do so, or have safely done so before with that species in the past. Most turtles will tuck inside their shell to hide, but some will bite you in self-defense.

FISHING SAFETY
When fishing ALWAYS leave with ALL your hooks and line.

Any trash left will end up in the neck, belly, etc. of a turtle, leading to a slow death in anguish.


NOTES ON SNAPPING TURTLES
https://sites.google.com/site/cwrinternalpages/rescue-reptiles-and-amphibians/snapping%20turtle.jpg
Snapping turtles come on land in June to lay their eggs. They often choose spots in people's yards or near roadways.

It is best to leave them alone unless they are on a roadway or in other immediate danger. They should finish laying their eggs and leave within 24-48 hours.

Eggs hatch sometime in late summer/early fall.