By AMBER AINSWORTH, Editor-in-Chief
Annually, female turtles travel from Fairlane Lake and the Rouge River to the Environmental Study Area at the University of Michigan-Dearborn to lay their eggs.
During the next two weeks, turtles may be spotted on campus. Even when turtles are found in open or unusual areas, students and faculty are asked to not touch or move the turtles.
According to Rick Simek, Environmental Interpretive Center Program Supervisor and Natural Areas Manager, moving the turtles will cause them to have to repeat their egg laying journey. Additionally, turtles placed into unfamiliar bodies of water may struggle to find food or a location to lay eggs.
If turtles are in the road, Simek advises to steer slowly around them. If comfortable, it is OK to move the turtle to the other side of the road, facing the direction it seemed to be headed. Simek warns against attempting to pick up “large female Common Snapping Turtles or the rarely encountered Spiny Softshell Turtles,” as they may bite.