Why did the turtle cross the road? To get to the other side! Turtles will soon be making appearances on roads, driveways and yards. They are not lost; they are on a mission to lay eggs. The females travel away from their watery habitat (some as far as half a mile) to lay their eggs in dry soil. The turtle eggs need oxygen and steady warmth from the sun, which would be unavailable in an aquatic nursery. So mom heads out for the annual trek that may take her across the road.