A snapping turtle pauses while crossing a sidewalk on Florence Avenue in Windsor on a very hot Monday, July 16, 2018.
Dan Janisse / Windsor Star
Wetland degradation, changing weather patterns, and hyper predation by urban raccoons, coyotes and skunks continue to push our shelled reptiles ever closer to extinction.Ontario has eight native species of turtle. Each year thousands of adults fall victim to roadkill. We can help by being alert when driving near wetlands in the spring and summer. If you want to move a turtle off the road be sure it is safe to do so before attempting any actions that might cause a serious accident.Small turtles retracted into their shells can be picked up and moved off the highway in the direction they are pointed. Large snappers should never be handled as they will instinctively bite you. A snow brush, shovel, or floor mat may be of some help in moving them along. The internet has a lot of useful information about handling and saving our shelled friends.Daniel Laing, former Harrow Research Station worker, AmherstburgShare Your ViewsSend letters to the editor to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Don’t send them as attachments; put them in the body of the emails.) Letters must include your full name, address and phone number. (We will only publish your name and the municipality where you live.) Letters must be fewer than 300 words. The Star reserves the right to edit, condense and reject letters.