THE City of Joondalup is urging motorists and pedestrians to look out for turtles near wetlands in the breeding season, which runs until February.
The south-western snake-necked turtle (long-necked or oblong turtle) is found in the Yellagonga Regional Park, incorporating lakes Joondalup and Goollelal.
Turtles instinctively nest some distance away from the water’s edge and many are killed while crossing roads close to wetlands.
Native to the Yellagonga area, the southwestern snake-necked turtle is at particular risk when the female travels to nest and when the turtle hatchlings travel back to the water from their nesting site.
Anyone seeing injured turtles is asked to contact the WildCare Helpline on 9474 9055 or at www.turtleoblonganetwork.org.au.