Residents should be on the lookout for turtles crossing roads, especially in June.May and June are the nesting season for many turtles and during this time of the year, egg-bearing aquatic turtles often cross roads in search of terrestrial nesting sites.\u201cConnecticut\u2019s landscape is highly fragmented by busy roads, and many turtles are forced to travel great distances \u2014 and across roadways \u2014 to find suitable nesting habitat,\u201d said Rick Jacobson, Wildlife Division director for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Turtle populations cannot compensate for losses due to adult mortality without experiencing long-term consequences." \u201cHelping a turtle move across the road can be the difference between life and death for the animal, and for future generations, but your safety comes first,"\u00a0Jacobson said. "Be sure to assist a turtle in the road only when it is safe to do so and do not attempt to stop traffic.\u201d \u201cResearch has shown that aquatic turtle populations across the United States have uncommonly high proportions of males because so many female turtles are being killed on roadways,\u201d said Jacobson. Turtles can be feisty Always keep the turtle pointed in the direction it is going. If you turn it around in the other direction, the turtle will only make another attempt to cross the road. Also, do not move the turtle to a \u201cbetter spot,\u201d and do not put terrestrial box turtles in a lake, pond, or other water body. Turtles have a home range and females often return to the same general area to lay their eggs. Snapping turtles can be large, heavy, and feisty, so if you are unable to \u201cshoo\u201d them across the road, pick them up by the back of their shells, not by their tail, to avoid a bite. Some people use a shovel or a stick to push or skid snapping turtles across the road. Low survivorship when hatched Turtles have a long lifespan, take a long time to reach sexual maturity, and have low survivorship when newly hatched. Because of these attributes, turtle populations cannot compensate for losses due to adult mortality without experiencing long-term consequences. With turtle populations requiring high levels of adult survivorship, every individual is important to a population\u2019s stability. This concern is even greater in recent years because many U.S. turtle populations are becoming fragmented, isolated, and progressively smaller. In your travels, if you encounter a turtle in the road, just remember this motto: \u201cIf it is safe, help turtles cross the road.\u201d Let people know DEEP is also encouraging residents to take photographs of any turtles they observe as they enjoy the outdoors and share them on the Connecticut Fish and Wildlife Facebook page at www.facebook.com\/CTFishandWildlife, or on a Twitter account set up by students from UConn\u2019s Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (twitter.com\/CT_SWAP). Those interested in learning about Connecticut\u2019s turtles can visit the DEEP\u2019s turtle website.