Posted by: Pelodiscus on 2016/11/16 8:00:00 4749 readsHUNDREDS of turtles are risking their shells crossing busy Sydney roads in search of places to nest, prompting a push from researchers to identify deadly hot spots.
Freshwater turtles Researchers release app to map turtle deaths on Sydney roads as breeding season begins
As the breeding season begins and eastern longnecked turtles leave the safety of the Georges River, Western Sydney University has launched a web app to track their movements.
The university’s School of Science and Health has developed TurtleSAT to record sightings of turtles, dead or alive, on roads.
Lead researcher Dr Ricky Spencer said Australian turtles were on the brink of extinction, and hundreds died on Sydney highways, such as the M4 and M5, each year.
“In the greater Sydney basin there have been a couple of nesting seasons where there has been several hundred females that have been killed on the road, they come out to nest and people don’t see them and they get hit,” he said.
By James Taylor, Canterbury-Bankstown Express
Photo: Female eastern long-necked turtles leave safety in summer to search for places to nest.
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