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  • Would you stop your vehicle to save a box turtle or a snake?

    I stopped this morning and saved a box turtle.
    It's a good feeling to save a little species on the road. :-)
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    That question can only be answered of course depending on traffic volume. If traffic allows, certainley I would remove some wildlife from the road to keep them from being part of the pavement, but not a snake. They would be lucky if I just tried to avoid hitting them. Most wildlife can move fast enough to fend for themselves, but turtles probably need a helping hand in order to stay around long enough to make other turtles !

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    • #3
      My daughter and I help several box turtles across every year.
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      • #4
        Yep, all the time on the back roads en route to our house. Not a fan of snakes, but I'll shoo them along as well. Obviously as Richard said, if there are a bunch of cars on a more traveled road then it becomes a bit more dangerous and I will usually just let nature run its course. Noble to save a turtle, but not worth risking your own well being or distracting someone and causing a crash. We also occasionally have to save turtles from the railroad. They often can get over one rail, and end up getting stuck in the middle.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by dewman View Post
          My daughter and I help several box turtles across every year.
          Lol, my 5 y/o niece liked the pictures and said you two are hero's for saving the turtles =p. At least the turtle in the second picture looks relaxed/appreciative.

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          • #6
            Heh. Unless it's just a poor visibility spot to stop I've stopped for turtles and often stop to move branches or debris off the road. Maybe I'm being a hazard with my blinkers, but regardless of the animal, my thought is that all the swerving into the opposing lane is eventually going to be poorly timed, so me taking 5 seconds to move the object is better for everybody.

            I only once stopped for a snake, but it wasn't to help it per say. Poor guy, black rat snake if I remember right, had a badly broken back and opened stomach and was flopping around.
            I once got out to show my kid a particularly large Eastern Diamondback as well, but he wasn't really in any danger on that road.

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            • #7
              I avoid or wait for them all the time. Especially on the back dirt roads, I'll stop and urge them to hurry. Turtles are cute but snakes have an important niche---they help control the rodents that have ticks which carry Lyme disease. The damned feral hogs down here have killed off a large portion of the snakes.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JM1993 View Post
                Yep, all the time on the back roads en route to our house. Not a fan of snakes, but I'll shoo them along as well. Obviously as Richard said, if there are a bunch of cars on a more traveled road then it becomes a bit more dangerous and I will usually just let nature run its course. Noble to save a turtle, but not worth risking your own well being or distracting someone and causing a crash. We also occasionally have to save turtles from the railroad. They often can get over one rail, and end up getting stuck in the middle.
                I have a couple of box turtle shells on my curio shelf that fell victim to the rails. A few days ago, I realized that I really must be getting old---I saw a box turtle out by my tool shed and I didn't pick it up to look at it and watch it pee, just wished it good luck and uneventful travels.

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                • #9
                  Turtles yes, if traffic permitted. Snakes, no. I do try to avoid hitting them, but I won't pick them up. Anyone who intentionally hits a turtle, snake, or anything else is a P0S.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dewman View Post
                    My daughter and I help several box turtles across every year.
                    People around here do it all the time, just a natural thing to do. They have special feelings for box turtles, very protective of them.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by dewman View Post
                      My daughter and I help several box turtles across every year.
                      Yep, as a kid I kept a box turtle that I found as a pet for awhile, until it mistook my finger for a carrot and my parents made me let it go.

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                      • #12
                        The size of our Swamp Turtles!! You don't want to Hit them there so BIG! You will Wreck your Car/Truck, I just try to drive around them, some are 40-50Lbs. And Snakes are Road Kill under my truck;-))

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jcarlin View Post
                          Heh. Unless it's just a poor visibility spot to stop I've stopped for turtles and often stop to move branches or debris off the road. Maybe I'm being a hazard with my blinkers, but regardless of the animal, my thought is that all the swerving into the opposing lane is eventually going to be poorly timed, so me taking 5 seconds to move the object is better for everybody.

                          I only once stopped for a snake, but it wasn't to help it per say. Poor guy, black rat snake if I remember right, had a badly broken back and opened stomach and was flopping around.
                          I once got out to show my kid a particularly large Eastern Diamondback as well, but he wasn't really in any danger on that road.
                          I seen a dead copperhead on the road as a kid, when my family went on our summer camping trips.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by huntfishtrap View Post
                            Turtles yes, if traffic permitted. Snakes, no. I do try to avoid hitting them, but I won't pick them up. Anyone who intentionally hits a turtle, snake, or anything else is a P0S.
                            I push the non venomous snakes off the road with my size 14s.
                            Venomous snakes can fend for themselves.

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                            • #15
                              On a busy 2 lane I stopped for a female mallard with about 12 chicks that wanted to cross. She went to the center of the road, faced an oncoming cement truck and stood there with her wings outstretched until the truck stopped. Then she quacked to the chicks and one by one they crossed single file. When the last one was off the other side, she dropped her wings and went to the side. The truck driver laughed his butt off as they crossed.

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