International Turtle and Tortoise Week, Day 3
(Days 1 and 2)
A few years ago, I made a colorful new eraser turtle friend. His shell was so purple I couldn’t resist booping it over and over! 💛💜🐢👀
Sometimes we hear about people painting real turtles’ shells bright colors like purple. 🚫 Please do not be one of those people!! 🚫 Putting anything on a turtle or tortoise’s shell interferes with UVB light absorption. We turtles and tortoises need a lot of UVB for vitamin D to maintain healthy bones. (Like how humans need vitamin D for healthy bones, but we need a lot more for our big shells!) Paint or anything else on our shells ultimately weakens all our bones and makes us very sick! (Not to mention paint chemicals can be toxic!) 😢
🚫 Relatedly, please do not ever drill or mark up a turtle or tortoise’s shell! We can feel pain through our shells! (For example, I am super ticklish around the back end of my shell. If anything touches the back of my shell, I immediately jump like a rabbit and run away as fast as my leggies can go!) 😢
🌟 To sum up: Leave turtle and tortoise shells the way they naturally are! If you want to paint or scratch up a shell, stick to a non-living turtle like my eraser friend!
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