- You would think it speaks for itself, but the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation felt compelled to warn people that dyeing the shells of turtles is strictly prohibited.
In addition, the paint is very harmful to the animals.
The nature organization recently discovered two turtles with painted shields. 'It may seem harmless, but the paint can seriously jeopardize the health of the animals,' she writes in a post on Facebook. 'The paint can the absorption of vitamins they gain by blocking sunlight. They also have breathing problems and come toxins in their bloodstream. '
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In addition, they are the bright colors also more visible to predators, so they are eaten quickly. The cleaning of the shields is also painful for the animals.