See a turtle in the road? Leave it alone, wildlife officials say

See a turtle in the road? Leave it alone, wildlife officials say

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cheerily ivermectin tablets south africa price When they’re on the move, the question comes up, ‘what do I do if I see a turtle in the road?' »

com quanto tempo ficando para pedir em namoro Sugar Hill Murrell says the answer is nothing, especially if you’re on a highway.

« Absolutely under no circumstances should anybody get out and rescue a turtle on a highway, » Murrell says.

The reason: « Human life is far more precious than any animal life, whether it’s a turtle, a duck or a goose, » he continues. « It doesn’t matter. « We advise people not to get out and risk life or limb to save the life of a turtle. »

Turtles lay several eggs to keep the population strong, Murrell says.

Your best option if a turtle is moving across your driveway? Wait for it to cross, he says.

If you see an instance where a turtle is in a yard or driveway and may be under distress from dogs or another animal, Murrell says you can move it out of harm’s way then, but should be aware that even more docile turtles like box turtles can bite and scratch when threatened.

He says turtles are not major disease carriers, but can carry salmonella and other bacteria from its environment. The common sense solution, he says, is to thoroughly wash your hands.

During the winter, Murrell explains, turtles do not hibernate, but they do go dormant, burrowing in mud below the frost line, staying « out of sight and out of mind. »

With warmer months here and turtles active, Murrell emphasizes that leaving them alone is the best option, as it is for baby rabbits, baby birds and other animals that people may sometimes risk injury trying to help.

« As a general rule, wildlife is meant to be wild, » Murrell says. « It’s not meant to be rehabilitated, it’s not meant to be kept as pets. « If you find that stuff, whether it’s baby rabbits, baby birds or turtles in your yard, it’s best just to leave them alone if they’re not causing any problems. »