Three-toed box turtle. Photo courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A news release from the Missouri Department of Conservation asks motorists to try to avoid hitting turtles crossing the roadways. MDC says, “Turtles are struck by cars throughout warmer months, but are at special risk this time of year because they are on the move.” Males are looking for mates and territories to claim. The warm asphalt also feels good to turtles because of their cold blood.

If possible the MDC says to steer around the turtles in the road. “If helping a turtle cross a road, keep human safety as the number-one concern.” When helping a turtle, move it in the direction it is traveling.

To find out more information on Missouri turtles, the MDC offers an online Field Guide at