Saving an Eastern Box Turtle

Yesterday my husband and I took an Eastern Box turtle out of the road by the Smith Point Marina in Shirley. It was in the middle of the road. We stopped, got out, picked in up and put in the grass on the other side of the road. It was a beautiful orange both in its neck and head and on the markings on its back.

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Welcome to the forum! Turtle rescue is so important, thank you!
I finally learned to keep a couple huge towels in our vehicles, in case the turtle we try to rescue is a snapping turtle!

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Just remember, always put it down on the side it was heading toward. Otherwise, it will just start crossing again.

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I used to see box turtles crossing the roads here pretty frequently every spring, but in the last few years, I’ve only seen them occasionally. I’m wondering if the populations are declining.