step aside, all you road-crossing chickens
Here in Missouri's southwest Ozarks, vehicle operators are accustomed to dodging darting deer, rabbits, possums, raccoons, armadillos, fox, red-tailed squirrels the size of Pomeranians, and kamikaze birds who insist on taking roadside-to-roadside flight paths instead of doing what should be a natural instinct - to fly Up. Translation: moving through space away from the earth, not across it.
Easy to do, moving box turtles; they withdraw into their shell during transit. Can't say the same for snapping turtles. They require an entirely different assistance game plan than box turtles. The best plan is to have no plan. Let them go about their business. They don't take kindly to being encouraged to vacate the premises. Where I live the common snapper, Chelydra serpentina is what's most often seen.
Powerful beak-like jaws, very flexible head and neck.
These snappers can get pretty big, but not as large as their cousins, the alligator snapping turtle, Macroclemys temminckii, commonly seen in this country's southern states. Squatty dinosaurs dressed in mini chainsaws is what they look like and can get as large as a Thanksgiving turkey platter.
There's satisfaction in coming to the aid of a untamed animal. Years ago when living in Florida I took a course offered at the local Humane Society on how to care for newborn flying squirrels after finding one at the base of a tree, eyes still closed. And got more tips and training on how to handle injured birds. Doves and cardinals were my most frequent patients. Don't know if that is a reflection on the size of their bird brains...
Near Daytona Beach I found a hatchling green sea turtle laboring across the sand. Scooped it up in a discarded to-go cup and handed it over to a Wildlife and Fisheries employee.
Any Turtle Hurdling going on where you live? Some of you have talked about other critters that make for precarious driving. Are they showing up earlier than they did last year?
raise a leg