April and May are turtle nesting season. Turtles will be climbing out of the ponds around the Preserve to find suitable nesting sites nearby. As you can imagine this can be very dangerous for a slow moving turtle as it crosses the driveway at our entrance or across Lakemoore Drive. We have signs to let people know to be on the lookout. To further help raise awareness our very own Executive Director, Nancy Jones, took matters into her own hands and painted a popular crossing spot on our entrance driveway to make the turtles more visible to Preserve guests. Please be careful as you make your way around the Preserve and around other waterways where turtles may be traveling.
This turtle (below) was crossing our driveway at night when I came to an art opening. Look closely and you can see a leech attached to her shell. I scraped the leech off and popped her in my water bottle. All types of leeches are sold on the Internet for medicinal purposes and they can live for 10 years!
Don't Buy Invasive Species
These are our two rescued red-eared slider turtles. Tyrone is on the bottom and Snappy is on the top. They are invasive and not native to Georgia and are living in an enclosed pond at Skyland Trail. Unfortunately, they are sold at major pet stores and frequently released in the wild when people get tired if them.