Keep an eye out for Box Turtles and report your sightings to the Virginia Herpetological Society on their Box Turtle Reporting Form.
Data we provide will provide insights into Box Turtle populations — of particular importance is to enter sightings of both live and dead turtles.
Unfortunately, the majority of Box Turtles I encounter each spring are along the Greenway and other roads and they’ve been either hit by cars or are already dead.
If you see one in the breakdown lane, you can safely move them if they’re alive. If they’ve been injured, take them to a local wildlife rehabber — sometimes they can be saved. If you encounter one in your lawn area, please be careful with the mower so not to run them over.
Remember, as you encounter Box Turtles, it’s very important not to take them out of their home range. They are very faithful to their territory.