The World's Top Five Turtle Road Mortality Sites

Ranking Rate Turtles Killed (per mi per year) Location
1 2,070 Lake Jackson, Florida, USA1
2 93 Paynes Prairie, Florida, USA2
3 85 Mission Valley, Montana, USA3,4
4 80 Long Point, Ontario, CANADA5
5 37 Cape May, New Jersey, USA6


See also our traffic mortality web page where we show that a turtle now has a 98.86% chance of dying if it enters on to US Highway 27 at Lake Jackson.


1 Aresco, M.J. 2003. Highway mortality of turtles and other herpetofauna at Lake Jackson, Florida, USA and the efficacy of a temporary fence/culvert system to reduce roadkills. In: C. L. Irwin, P. Garrett, and K. P. McDermott (eds.), 2003 Proceedings of the International Conference on Ecology and Transportation, pp. 433-449.  Center for Transportation and the Environment, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N. C.

2 Smith, L. L., and C. K. Dodd, Jr.  2003.  Wildlife mortality on U.S. Highway 441 across Paynes Prairie, Alachua County, Florida.  Florida Scientist 66:128-140.

3 Fowle, S. C. 1996.  Effects of roadkill mortality on the western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta belli) in the Mission valley, western Montana.  Pages 205-223 in G. Evink, D. Zeigler, P. Garrett, and J. Berry, editors.  Highways and movement of wildlife: improving habitat connections and wildlife passageways across highway corridors.  Proceedings of the transportation-related wildlife mortality seminar of the Florida Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.  Report FHWA-PD-96-041.  State of Florida, Department of Transportation, Orlando.

4 Griffin, K. personal communication, University of Montana.

5 Ashley, E. P., and J. T. Robinson. 1996.  Road mortality of amphibians, reptiles and other wildlife on the Long Point causeway, Lake Erie, Ontario.  Canadian Field Naturalist 110:403-412.

6 Wood, R. C., and R. Herlands.  1997.  Turtles and tires: the impact of roadkills on the northern diamondback terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin, populations on the Cape May peninsula, southern New Jersey, USA.  Pages 46-53 in J. Van Abbema, editor.  Proceedings: Conservation, Restoration, and Management of Tortoises and Turtles - An International Conference.  11-16 July 1993.  State University of New York, Purchase.  New York Turtle and Tortoise Society, New York.

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