Tur­tle nest­ing sparks cau­tion plea

Albany Extra - - Extra News - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

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.

Pic­ture: Jes­sica Cuth­bert

At­lanta Veld en­cour­ages driv­ers to slow down and watch for tur­tles cross­ing the road.

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