In Canton, Ohio, a dehydrated Woodland Box Turtle was found wandering around a neighborhood; its shell painted with glitter and pink nail polish.
According to Stark Parks, where the turtle is being treated at the Wildlife Conservation Center, painting a turtle’s shell is very unhealthy for the turtle. Turtles shells are a living part of their body that feel and grow. Their shell absorbs vitamin D for bone growth; the absence of the nutrient can lead to metabolic bone disease.
In addition, experts conclude the paint on the turtle and the shape that it was found, indicates this turtle was held in captivity as a “pet” for an unknown period of time. Woodland box turtles are a species of concern in Ohio due to their decreasing population from habitat loss and the pet trade. It is illegal to keep one in captivity without a permit.
Released turtles tend to try and find their way back home. It is unknown where this one came from, but come on – leave wildlife alone.
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