Pregnant turtle hit by car in Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A pregnant turtle carrying 19 eggs was hit by a car in Fort Myers on Wednesday.

According to Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), turtles often have to cross the road to lay their eggs, so drivers are urged to begin braking if they see something in the road.

Please BRAKE FOR TURTLES and watch for wildlife!

Yesterday, this adult female Peninsula Cooter (# 21-5713) was hit by a car in Fort Myers. During examination, veterinarians found some scrapes on the underside of its shell (plastron). pic.twitter.com/seDk5bAqyk

— CROW Clinic (@CROWClinic) November 11, 2021

“It could be just a coconut in the road, but I would rather brake for a coconut than hit a turtle,” said Wildlife Rehab Manager Breanna F.

The turtle was examined by veterinarians who found scrapes on the underside of its shell and the eggs that the turtle was carrying.

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