These slimy and scaly critters can sometimes have a bad rep but are just as important as other wildlife.
If you find a turtle or tortoise crossing the road, move it to the side of the road it is heading towards. If you put it on the side where it originated from it will simply attempt to cross the road again.
Most people are absolutely terrified of snakes, especially when they see a wild one. Don’t be! Only two species of snakes in New York are poisonous and both of those are pretty rare. The most commonly found snakes, Garter Snakes, are completely harmless.