When to Rescue


If you uncover a nest of turtle eggs, please leave them where you found them and cover them back up with the nesting material. If the eggs are disturbed, they may not survive.


Turtle hatchlings are born on dry land and find their way to the nearest water source. They are about the size of a loonie and are completely independent. If it does not show signs of needing rescue, it will find its way to the closest water body.

If you find an uninjured turtle on the road, you can help it across by moving it in the direction it is headed. Learn more.

Signs that a turtle needs rescuing include:

  • unresponsiveness (it’s hard to determine when a turtle has passed away so err on the side of caution)
  • any head or limb injuries, or cracks to its carapace (upper shell), plastron (lower shell) or bridge (shell joining the carapace and plastron)
  • a turtle found upside down and unable to right itself, which may indicate dehydration and overheating
  • any turtle found from November to April, as they should be hibernating

Follow the turtle temporary care instructions.