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Local turtles were left shaking in their shells last week after a “People Run Over Turtles on Purpose” report went viral and made headlines around the country. Luckily for us, many different turtle species still call The Golden Isles home, despite the occasional Neanderthalian road rage.  From box turtles to cooters, and sliders to soft shells, coastal Georgia is a regular reptilian metropolis.  With Jekyll Island being home to The Georgia Sea Turtle Center, you can imagine that most of us go out of our way to help turtles, not hit them!

Yellow signs are posted along our causeways to remind motorists that the terrapin nesting season is May through July.

TURTLE CROSS-WALK TIPS:

-Protect yourself first, be safe on the road.

-If you help a turtle cross a road, do NOT turn them around!

-Protect your hands with papers from your car, so you don’t get salmonella.

-Pick it up firmly around the edge of the shell and walk it closely to the ground.  (If you screw up, the fall won’t be so bad.)

-Never pick a turtle up by its tail.

-Never take a turtle home.

-Keep a cardboard box or plastic laundry basket in the back of your car if you are willing to transport an injured turtle to an animal hospital.

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY TURTLE STUDY – MEET NATHAN WEAVER (Video):  http://news.yahoo.com/video/turtles-cross-roads-bad-things-075755091.html

NOTHING TO SHELL-E-BRATE:  http://www.reptilechannel.com/reptile-news/2013/02/02/some-drivers-deliberately-run-over-turtles-study-says.aspx