Why Did The Turtle Cross The Road?

May 20, 2014

The box turtle is making its way across Missouri in search of love. The problem? It's trying to cross the road, and it's not all-too speedy.
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It’s that time of year when turtles become easy targets on Missouri and Kansas highways.

Turns out that male box turtles don’t know any better. They’re just out looking for mates, and that journey has them crossing busy highways where too often they become road kill.

In the final portion of Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with a biologist from the Missouri Department of Conservation about those all too vulnerable turtles.


  • Larry Rizzo, a natural history biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation