Moose Country Minute – June 16 2018


This is the time of the year when everyone is on the lookout for turtles attempting to cross the road.

They do this, of course, for the same reason we cross the road. To get to the other side.

In my old home turf of Bancroft, the local hospice raised a lot of interest this year, getting their knitting crew to create what could be called turtle sock puppets.

It’s called yarn bombing, with hundreds of knit and crocheted turtles everywhere along main street.

Global television even visited the town to do a feature on the campaign—which was basically to educate the public about helping turtles cross the road without getting squashed.

This year I have already helped two turtles cross the road, both of them snappers.

You have to be very careful doing this, of course, because snappers are able to curve their heads backwards and have jaws that do not let go.

So, you have to pick up the shell back near the turtle’s legs, and carry it that way.

If it is a big old snapper, it will likely be too heavy for most folk to pick up, thereby requiring different techniques.

You can sometimes just poke it along, but that only if you are not standing in the middle of the 401.

You can get behind it and slide it along. This is easier to do on gravel, naturally, but it can be done on pavement too.

Or you can get the snapper to chomp down on a good-sized stick and then drag it to safety as it hangs on.

I don’t know why snappers, or any turtle for that matter, feel they have to cross the road to lay their eggs.

But they do.