Dehydrated turtle with its shell painted with glitter and pink polish rescued

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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3 replies
  1. MAJ says:

    The shell looks to me like a dog may have gotten at him; maybe that’s what led to him being kept as a pet. Unknown to me when my dog found a desert boxie in my yard, many people have them living in their yards and they are considered pets. The glitter and polish may have been a marking, though not a good one, for someone to claim him if he got lose…

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  2. ABS314 says:

    There’s not the slightest indication on that turtle’s shall of any dog getting at him. Some idiot who knew nothing of the care of this turtle obviously kept him as a pet and thought they could stupidly improve on nature with glitter and nail polish. That was no marking for identification, which would only require a SMALL mark, not an entire shell messed up.
    Why are you sticking up for the harm some stupid human obviously did?

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