It is difficult to calculate how many turtles are run over every year, since many of these cases are not reported, sometimes due to the fine involved in killing one of these endangered species.
Sadly, only an estimated one in 1,000 to 10,000 will survive to adulthood. The natural obstacles faced by young and adult sea turtles are staggering, but it is the increasing threats caused by humans that are driving them to extinction. Today, all sea turtles found in U.S. waters are federally listed as endangered, except for the loggerhead which is still listed as threatened.
I lived in Florida for 2 years, and within those short 2 years, I witnessed at least one dozen turtles struggling to cross the highway (and there was only 1 highway where I lived!), or lifeless on the side of the road.
While there aren’t exact figures, 55 turtles were brought to just one Wildlife Center in Massachusetts after being hit by cars in one year. So imagine how many were left in the street on top of that, and multiply by all the other states and agencies. The number is staggering. Turtles help contribute to water quality by eating algae. Unfortunately, only a few out of every 100 hatchlings makes it to adulthood. Many get hit while crossing roads to get to their nesting sites. Drive carefully in areas with ponds and wetlands to avoid hitting one of these precious creatures.
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