Why did the turtle cross the road? Because it’s turtle mating season in Missouri.
Department of Conservation spokesman Joe Jerek says young male turtles are usually in search of territory while females are trying to nest.
“And if you think about it, comfort’s also a factor for turtles. They’re reptiles. As reptiles, they’re cold-blooded, so basking on a warm asphalt road feels good on a cool spring day,” Jerek says.
Unfortunately every year some of these turtles end up getting hit by cars.