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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