Turtles racing about in game of road skittles

TRAFFIC was literally moving at a turtle's pace along a stretch of Lower Dawson Road this week before Roland Hoare stepped in.

Roland plucked the reptile from harm's way and took it to its intended destination: a nearby lagoon on the other side of the busy road.

He said increasing numbers of turtles were crossing the road as they moved between lagoons on either side.

Roland has called on motorists to be on the lookout amid concerns the extended dry period was causing more turtle traffic.

“Some drivers don't care,” said Roland who lives near Midgee, south of Rockhampton, and who usually drives at least twice daily along the road.

“I try and save as many as I can, but I've seen plenty that have been run over and weren't dead.”

He said he would spot at least two or three turtles a month making their dash.

“It's a shame - they are beautiful creatures,” Roland said.

“This dry weather is the worst time for them.”

The RSPCA's Central Queensland inspector Shayne Towers-Hammond said he too had stopped on occasions to remove wandering turtles.

“I've done it four or five times,” Mr Towers-Hammond said.

He said he hadn't seen any dead turtles, but he would be disappointed if there were motorists driving quickly around them.

“I would think this dry weather is having an effect,” Mr Towers-Hammond said.



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