Wednesday, May 26, 2010

If You See My Four-Ways, It's Because of Slow Reptiles

Ahhh, springtime in Virginia, which means it's turtle-moving season.

On the way back from dropping Things 1 & 2 at school today, another driver flashed her lights at me as I pulled into my neighborhood. Our neighborhood is not the sort for downed trees or construction, so I knew instantly what it was.

And I was right. It was a box turtle. I slowed down as not to hit the turtle as it crossed the road, a great spring pastime of Virginian box turtles, and then I hit my four-ways, picked that sucker up, and carried it to the other side to safety.

I noticed that the other driver waited at the stop sign, looking over her shoulder, until she made sure that I had not made it into a turtle pancake.

I would've done the same.


Jamie said...

I'm right there with the past 6 months I've stopped and helped cross the street nearly 20 turtles! They're just too cute and they work too hard to not hop out and help them!

sarah said...


Anonymous said...

I wish I could say the same thing for Iowans and deer. I've heard of folks hoping to hit them with their trucks.

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Aww for the turtles. I stop of cats and rabbits in the road. Oh, and the occasional sheep if I am driving down a country lane.
It's just struck me that we don't get many road crossing animals in my little corner of the world.

Shannon Whitney Messenger said... I want to have turtles crossing my road. *shakes fist at suburbia and it's lack of wildlife* The most we get here is occasional duck crossing near our duck pond--which is pretty stinking cute. I love the way all the babies line up like follow the leader.

Thanks for sharing!

WildIrishRose33 said...

Don't you just love Virginia. :-P I live in Maine now and everyone says "You don't stop for animals in the road" and "You don't swerve to miss them either". But living in Virginia for 25 out of my 27 years you get in the habit of trying to be critter friendly on the road. :-P

frootjoos said...

In California, it's opossums. We've seen some big ones out on the road, and they almost always get smacked by fast drivers (because most of them come out at night, it's often more dangerous to brake--that means the drivers behind you probably will slam into you at 45+mph)

I am glad my husband has never hit one, he will usually swerve to avoid them. Also has managed not to get us killed doing it.

Maggie Stiefvater said...

Possums are also dumb as bricks, Frootjoos, we have them here and they will duck INTO traffic.

The one little critter I've always felt bad about was a baby bambi deer wandering by the side of the road. I'm sure she had been orphaned, because she was all by herself. But she wouldn't let me catch her . . . which is probably good, because a baby deer in the back of a Camaro might be unwise.

erikasbuddy said...

Oh that's so cool!! WE don't have anything like that in ALabama. We have armadillos (that's probably spelled wrong but that's how you pronounce it here hahas!) but those normally become dilla pancakes because we tend to just consider them live roadkill if they're still moving. You'd really dig the turtle (or maybe it's a tortoise) that lives up the street from me. He's HUGE!! And his owner takes him for walks. That's right!! She takes him for WALKS!! She even has a skateboard she pushes him on if he just decides he doesn't want to walk anymore.

Maggie Stiefvater said...

Walking . . . a turtle? You learn something new every day.

erikasbuddy said...

Here he is!!

He's real famous in our town ;) LOLZ!! His owner even takes him to walk around Pet Stores in the winter time because he likes the shiny floors :)

(from Erikasbuddy -- my hubz's firewall is being a pain lolz!)

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