What can I do to help?

Want to Help Box Turtles? Here’s How.

1) Make your property box turtle friendly by leaving some areas unmowed and building brush piles if you have room!

2) We’re asking users with turtle sightings in N.C. or S.C (alive or dead) to report their sightings to the Herp Mapper (http://www.herpmapper.org/). We’re also asking for feedback about the Herp Mapper site, which we are trying out.  Please send all feedback to us at boxturtleproject@uncg.edu. Users might also want to keep paper records of their sightings and reports. When the Carolina Herp Atlas (this opens a link in a new window) comes back online, you can enter your data there also.

3) When possible to do safely, help box turtles across the road. Move them inthe direction they are walking but only about 5-10 ft off the road.

4) Do not take box turtles from the wild as pets! When box turtles are taken from the wild to be pets, they are not able to breed, & the delicate balance of the box turtle population is thrown off. As more and more turtles are taken from the wild, less offspring are born and the population declines.

5) Do not move box turtles from one location to another. You can spread a disease from one population to another. Moving them is very stressful because they try to find their home, which can result in the turtle dying.

6) If a box turtle nests in your yard, leave the nest alone. You can create a cage made of hardware cloth or chicken wire to make it more difficult for predators to dig up the nest. Leave space for hatchlings to emerge.

7) Support the protection of wild areas & habitats where box turtles might live.

Thanks to Gabrielle Graeter, NC Wildlife Resources for these tips!