Tortoises are becoming more active as the weather warms up and will be more present on the roads, here are some tips to keeping them safe.


Tortoises are hardy little creatures but they cannot withstand the power of a car flying over them as they cross the roads to find a mate. They commonly get hit by cars which is incredibly sad.

Recently the Walmer Veterinary Hospital shared the story of two tortoises that had been hit by cars but are recovering well. They had a few tips for drivers who encounter tortoises on their travels.

“These two rather unusual patients both suffered shell fractures after being hit by cars. We initially treat the wounds and damage to the underlying soft tissue like any other wound to prevent infection and promote healing, and then we seal the shell with epoxy products if possible. As with all things tortoise-related, healing is slow and prolonged, but it is always very satisfying to see them recover.”

Tortoises are particularly at risk in springtime, this is when they start to warm up after winter and become sexually active. Motorists should be extra careful on the roads this time of year. They will be seeking out mates and likely to walk across roads where there are vast amounts of nature and open fields.

Tortoises live exceptionally long lives so let’s keep them safe. Stay alert on your next road trip and if you do spot a little shell walking across the road and if it is safe to do so, stop and give them a hand to the other side or caution other vehicles about the animal’s presence.

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