Watch for Western Painted Turtle Hatchlings

We got some bad news from Beaver Lake Road yesterday - 5 baby Western Painted Turtles had been run over.  This particular stretch of road is one of the worst in Victoria, with records of road kill hatchlings every year since 2008.

In an effort to reduce the number of turtles killed on this stretch, HAT and the District of Saanich have installed "Turtle Crossing" signs to alert drivers.  This signs will only be up during crossing seasons, so if you see one, please keep an eye out for turtles.  If you do see a turtle, please let us know by calling the HAT Office at 250 995-2428 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Pacific population of Western Painted Turtle is an endangered species. Road mortality has been identified as one the major threats to their survival in our region.  Picking turtles up almost never helps them, even if they seem lost (they probably aren't!), but turtles on roads is the exception.  Help them cross the road in whatever direction they are going, so that less cautious drivers do not hit them accidently.



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