SUMMERVILLE, GA (Times Free Press) -- They may move slowly, but some 1,600 turtles have run off from a turtle farm outside Summerville.

Turtle grower David Driver called the Chattooga County Sheriff's Office last week to report fences made of metal barn siding had been torn down around his turtle ponds on Harrisburg Road.

"It's been going on all summer long," Driver said Wednesday.

The breaches in the ponds' perimeter have allowed turtles — all native species such as common snappers, Eastern paints and yellow-bellied sliders — to break free and make a beeline to nearby ponds and creeks.

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