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Shell Awareness by prominent-portraits Shell Awareness by prominent-portraits
I have met several individuals who have drilled holes on the sides of their turtle's and/or their tortoises' shells. After hearing numerous stories like these, I wanted to create something to have people think before they unknowingly cause harm to their pets. If you know someone who has a turtle or tortoise on a leash - see if they modified their shell in any way and educate them on what they are doing wrong. If you have witnessed any owner knowingly causing harm to their animals, please call the local police department and/or animal rescue.

This is a picture of my 2.5 inch yellow footed tortoise, Koopa. I can't wait to see how he grows!

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AsphyxiaticNeko Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This practice is illegal in my country, but when I visited Gambia I saw a big tortoise with a drilled hole in it's shell, and when I confronted the zookeeper he just kept saying that the animal doesn't feel it :angered: I was really tempted to ask him if HE would feel anything if someone drilled a hole through his stomach. It was probably a wild caught tortoise too...
prominent-portraits Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
Yeah, it's sad to see other's think so little about their actions. Thanks for the comment!
VoadorChama Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So...can you tell me WHY someone would drill holes into a turtle's shell? Do they think it looks cool or is it to hold a leash? It just doesn't make sense! Those poor little guys....I would NEVER do that to my baby! It's awful!
prominent-portraits Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
Some people have done so in order to attach a leash to them. Others really need rescued for similar reasons like this poor guy >>
VoadorChama Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
toeki Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
good point. good way of raising the awareness for it.

most people don´t know turtles feel their shell, they just see it like some lifeless attachment to the body, like cutting fingernails, and have no idea it hurts their pet.
when i was a kid, a lot of people here had turtles whith holes in the shell, or painted the shell...
sadly, most people don´t research how to keep their pet properly before taking it home. which leads to suffering, shortened lifespans ( especially sad when you think about how old turles could become) or abandoning the pet after a short time because it is more work to keep than expected.

for example, a lot of people i met in petshops who were interested in buying a red eared slider did not know that the cute, coin-sized turles in the shop will grow as big as a plate in a few years...
Kogata-Yatsura Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh no... I didn't realise people do that. >_< That's terrible. Turtles actually are very sensitive to their shells being touched. I can't imagine how painful it would be to have a hole drilled into it. *shudders*

Anyway, your little Koopa is very cute. :D
starhoney Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Koopa is very cute, by the way <3
prominent-portraits Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks, I thought so too. :aww:
starhoney Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
People are horrible :(
Just as a side-note, although hermits change shells as they grow, painting their shells interferes with proper hydration. Their shells still need to "breathe." It allows for moisture transfer. If a hermit doesn't have adequate humidity, or moist gills, it'll suffocate. Imagine wearing a hot, tight plastic suit all the time. That's basically what it's like for a hermit crab with a painted shell. Plus, when they're sold already painted, they paint the shells separately and force the crabs in to the new painted shell. The way they do this is completely barbaric. That's to say nothing of the fact that a lot of the paints and dyes they use are toxic to crustaceans.
I'm sorry, a little off-topic.
The point is, people are horrible.
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