Why didn’t the turtles cross the road?

study from Ohio University evaluating the impacts of a new bypass on Eastern Box Turtles found unexpected results: turtles living next to the bypass did not exhibit heightened stress levels, but not one of them crossed the road over a two year period, including via a culvert.

The research team studied turtles near the relatively new Nelsonville Bypass (U.S. 33), which cuts through Wayne National Forest and first opened to traffic in 2013. The team tracked 30 box turtles for two years (2017-2018)—fifteen living along the bypass and 15 in a nearby control site with no road on Hocking College and Wayne National Forest lands.