Wildlife Center Caring for Eastern Box Turtle Found Covered in Paint
Glitter nail polish might be a good look for some but it's a terrible idea for turtles. The Virginia Wildlife Center is caring for a eastern box turtle that someone covered with multiple shades of polish and glitter. The turtle’s shell is covered in a rainbow of colors and without a camouflage shell she isn't protected from predators.
The turtle was found at Natural Chimneys Park and Campground on June 7. The name "Sheldon" is written on the turtle’s shell. Campground staff believed the turtle to be a discarded pet.
Staff at the wildlife center are doing all they can to remove the paint without hurting the turtle. "She has short little scrubbing sessions so we can take a little scrub brush or a Brillo pad and just work on different sections on her shell, we keep it fairly short just so we're not stressing her out," said Amanda Nicholson of the Virginia Wildlife Center.
Wildlife staff said the turtle is carrying five eggs. They say it's important to get the turtle back to her natural habitat, but they need to find out where she originally came from. They are asking anybody with any information to contact them at (540) 942-9453.
The center wants to remind people who may find a turtle crossing the road to pick it up and put it on the side it was traveling to, it's probably trying to find its nesting ground.
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