does anyone know what kind of turtle this is? I retrieved it from heavy traffic on route 231 close to Barstow. It is huge. Close to 11 inches long. Also, do you know of a safe preserve or sanctuary where I can place it so it'll stay safe and live a long and happy life?
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Why did you pick up the turtle from the side of the road and take it away from it's habitat? (only because of the traffic?) It can't be good for it to be removed from it's habitat. I vote with the others who say to take it back where you found it. Just don't put it on the side of the road in the traffic.
It is already disoriented by taking it with you. You should always just help it across the road in the direction it was going... But in this case, it is just best to take it back where you found it.
Red Eared Sliders aren't from this area. So it probably at one time, was a pet. You might want to check with Flag Ponds Nature Sanctuary, or with Cypress Swamp. There are ponds and such where the turtle would be far off the road, and safe.