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Turtles now crossing roads to reach nests

Published 9:10am Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Updated 11:11am Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking people to leave turtles alone as the turtles cross roads to reach nesting areas.

Each year at this time, many female turtles move from lakes, ponds, wetlands, rivers and streams to nesting areas, where they deposit their eggs in self-excavated nests.

Unfortunately, many nesting areas are separated from the turtles’ wintering areas by roads they cross as they make their way to nests.

There are nine turtle species in the state, some of which are protected.


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