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How You Can Help Virginia’s Turtles

By DWR Guide to the Turtles of Virginia

Here are some of the ways you can help conserve and protect turtles and other wild animals.

  • Don’t take them home. Leave wild turtles in the wild.
  • Don’t relocate turtles. If safe, move it off the road in the direction it’s moving.
  • Discard fishing line and other trash appropriately.
  • Don’t leave crab pots in the water unattended for more than 24 hours and use a by-catch reduction device.
  • Create turtle-friendly habitats on your personal property or business.
  • Avoid mowing tall grass during the active period for turtles.
  • Grow native plant species on your property.
  • Avoid burning long-standing brush piles during the winter.
  • Support efforts to establish and protect natural areas.
  • Recycle and practice energy conservation.
  • Join or donate to a conservation organization.
  • DO NOT RELEASE PET TURTLES (or any species of pet)
  • May 17, 2023