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Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road? Dr. Russell Burke Offers Answers

Russell Burke
Long Island Herald

“It’s Turtle Nesting Time,” a Long Island Herald article about Diamondback Turtles on Long Island’s South shore, features an interview with Dr. Russell Burke, chair of the Biology Department, who says that when these creatures are found in strange places on land – such as a road or residential street – it’s often because they are trying to make their way back to a familiar nesting area. He advises those who see a Diamondback in distress to return it to “the nearest salty [marsh] water.” He also says, “If you find a baby turtle return it to the marsh but put it on land. They do not live in water when they are very young.”

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