Turtle nesting sparks caution plea
Motorists are encouraged to drive with caution on the road and keep an eye out for turtles crossing over the next few weeks.
Turtle enthusiast Atlanta Veld said for the Albany region, nesting usually occured 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 volunteered with the turtles for more than 10 years, said she encouraged motorists to drive with caution while the turtles were out and about.
“They can be the size of a 20c
They can be the size of a 20c coin crossing the road. Atlanta Veld
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.
“So far, it’s been a great season and we haven’t had too many killed by cars while crossing.”
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 or the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
A long-neck turtle "sprints" as it looks for a place to dig a hole while preparing to lay eggs for the next generation.
Atlanta Veld encourages drivers to slow down and watch for turtles crossing the road.