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Turtle and Snake Crossing Signs
Adopt-A-Pond has provided Turtle and Snake Crossing signs to many communities throughout Ontario to mitigate traffic threats against Species at Risk turtles and Snakes. There may be no bigger threat to reptiles in Ontario than that of busy roads and highways. Countless turtles and snakes are run over by cars and killed each year on Ontario’s roads. All of Ontario’s eight turtle species are at risk, and many that are killed are females travelling to nesting areas. The loss of females is especially devastating to populations. If you live in an area with high reptile road mortality, you may be interested in a road awareness sign!
How do I “sign up”?
- Identify a road mortality hotspot. Take photos and notes of the area and mortalities/injuries that you see. Get neighbours involved in watching for turtles and snakes on the road. Report your turtle sightings to Ontario Turtle Tally.
- Obtain approval from the municipality or road authority where the sign will be installed and meet their sign location and installation specifications. Contact your local road authority in writing with your request.
- OR, demonstrate that you will be installing the sign on private property adjacent to a road mortality hotspot.
- Contact the Adopt-A-Pond Coordinator at [email protected] or 416-392-5999
ID Guides(most available in English and French) (Mohawk and Ojibway available through TIC)
Turtles of Ontario
Snakes of Ontario
Ontario’s Only Lizard
Ontario Reptile Eggs
Amphibians of Ontario
Larval Amphibians of Ontario
Ontario Amphibian Eggs
Waterproof Fold-Out ID Guide: Reptiles and Amphibians of Ontario
Ontario Frog and Toad Calls USB stick (English)
Born to be Wild- Massassauga Rattlesnake poster
Reptiles and Amphibians of Ontario ID Poster
Blanding’s Turtle- Individuals Living in a Swamp Poster