Road kills are always heart breaking – whether the animal is a little toad or a macaque. In this case, the Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) was found dead, after being run over by a vehicle just in our own area. Like we mentioned before, we always move road kills to the roadside to prevent secondary road kill. But what makes this worse is the fact that these Red-eared Sliders are imported in thousands every year to meet the demand for the “legal” pet trade. However, most who buy them often are not aware of their housing/dietary needs, lifespan and maximum size, resulting in abandonment or release into unsuitable environment. Most sliders who are released sadly end up as road kills.
We were on our way back from rescues at around 1 am, and in our own area – on Lorong Semangka, we chanced on a snake road kill. It is a sad feeling, whether we see a toad, a snail or a bigger animal, who all take that effort to use a road to cross over for food, water, space or mate – we wouldn’t know why they do this, taking all that risk! This Indo-Chinese Rat Snake (Ptyas korros) was a fully grown adult, and we moved him/her to the grass.
If you see any road kills, please remember to move the carcass (of course please keep your safety first) to the side, to prevent secondary road kills of animals such as birds or lizards who feed on carcasses.