ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It is not uncommon to see turtles in the roadway this time of year. In fact, a KMOX reporter saw one, Friday morning, crossing an I-55 entrance ramp in the Metro-East, near a pond.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesman Tim Schweitzer says June is the middle of nesting season, which usually lasts from May into July.
“Females are moving about, laying eggs, taking care of the eggs,” he says. “As they move about it’s a common sight, for Illinoisans, on sidewalks, bike trails and even, unfortunately, on highway ramps.”
Schweitzer says drivers are encouraged to get out of their vehicles and move the turtle to the side of the road, in the direction it is heading, only if it can be done safely.
He says it is not advised to take the animal home.