By Carissa Stauffer, Adopt-A-Pond Outreach Technician, Toronto Zoo
Why did the turtle cross the road? To build her nest, of course!
Ontario’s turtles are seasonal species, with their active season typically lasting from April to October. During this time, they have been found to be most active during the months of May and June, where they search far and wide for suitable habitats to build their nests. This nesting quest can take these turtles through wetlands, streams, along shorelines, and most dangerously – across roadways. Unfortunately for our native turtle species, this has become one of the most common causes of turtle mortality. So, as we continue through another busy nesting season, let’s learn about what goes on during this turtle quest and how we can protect these turtle-y awesome species!
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