Tur­tles on the move

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Driv­ers urged to be on look­out for long-neck tur­tles which have be­gun to hatch.

Mo­torists are be­ing en­cour­aged to drive with cau­tion and keep an eye out for tur­tles cross­ing over the next few weeks.

Tur­tle en­thu­si­ast At­lanta Veld said that in the Al­bany re­gion nest­ing usu­ally oc­curs in the first and sec­ond week of Oc­to­ber.

“Unsea­sonal weather de­layed the nest­ing last year un­til early Novem­ber and it is likely that will hap­pen again this year,” she said.

“The nest­ing is trig­gered by a rain-bear­ing low pres­sure front and of­ten warmer weather and Al­bany’s cur­rent weather is too cool even when the sun is out.”

Ms Veld, who has been volun- teer­ing with the tur­tles for more than 10 years, said she en­cour­ages mo­torists to drive with cau­tion while the tur­tles are out and about.

“They can be the size of a 20¢ coin cross­ing the road and so hard to spot but if you are aware of the signs on the side of the road, just please keep an eye out for them,” she said.

Signs have been put up by the City of Al­bany along Golf Links Road to re­duce traf­fic speed be­cause of a large pop­u­la­tion of tur­tles liv­ing in Lake Sep­pings.

If you find an in­jured or newly emerged hatch­ling con­tact Born Free on 0427 772 312.

At­lanta Veld en­cour­ages driv­ers to slow down and keep a look out for tur­tles cross­ing the road.

Tur­tle eggs.

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