Why did the turtle cross the road? Well, there are a couple of reasons and this is the time of year to keep our eyes open while driving the roads of eastern Ontario. Turtles emerge from their overwintering sites in the early spring and become more and more active as the temperatures rise. Unfortunately, that increased activity can sometimes bring them close to, or on roads. Snapping turtles will often lay their eggs on the sides of roads in sandy/ gravel soils and Blandings turtles will be out crossing roads looking for new habitats.