Painting a tortoise?

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My spouse brought up a debatable topic on tortoises. Here is his question.

Are forum members totally against painting a tortoises shell?

I explained I wouldn't personally do it. But, I would gladly ask the question for him.
 

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I wouldn't do it. Don't see a reason to and I would be afraid it might cause problems. I know some people do put a number or a mark on their tortoise maybe to tell them apart. But I don't know what they use and how long it takes to wear off.
 

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Hey Tom,
Even if safe paint is used? What would be your concerns?

The paint would block the transfer of humidity in or out of the scute material and scute margins and the stiction on the growth lines could interfere with proper growth.

In addition, I just find it distasteful. It bothers me. I feel the same way about country music and most rap.
 

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I have a Russian tortoise that I rescued. She had a flower painted on her back. It caused the shell under the flower to grow deformed. I think tortoises are beautiful. I love the colors and patterns. It completely confuses me as to why you would paint something so beautiful.
 

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I'm against it, too, because it can have unintended consequences. We got a rescue female sulcata that had one scute painted red. Our male sulcatas were attracted by the color and would try to bite her shell thinking it was food. The paint eventually faded as she grew, but I think you can see why I wouldn't recommend this at all.
 
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I don't think it's harmful as long as there's no paint on the scute margins. I've seen a few tortoises that were growing asymmetrical until the paint was scraped off the growth lines.

I put acrylic colour points on my tortoises to tell them apart easily, even when I can't see them clearly inside their cold frame. It wears off within a few weeks or months (depending on where on the points are).
 

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I don't think it's harmful as long as there's no paint on the scute margins. I've seen a few tortoises that were growing asymmetrical until the paint was scraped off the growth lines.

I put acrylic colour points on my tortoises to tell them apart easily, even when I can't see them clearly inside their cold frame. It wears off within a few weeks or months (depending on where on the points are).


Unfortunately, some people don't just put dots on their torts. They paint them up and it's totally unacceptable and unnecessary. If you (meaning, the original poster) need to paint, paint a portrait.
 

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Unfortunately, some people don't just put dots on their torts. They paint them up and it's totally unacceptable and unnecessary. If you (meaning, the original poster) need to paint, paint a portrait.

Sibi,
Thanks for your input, however, I think your a little off base. I for one (the original poster) never said I wanted to PAINT a tortoise. I actually didn't share my belief system with the post. It was a sense of how people that truly love tortoises would feel about it. Good thing it was just a question. I paint with oils.
 

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I'm against it, too, because it can have unintended consequences. We got a rescue female sulcata that had one scute painted red. Our male sulcatas were attracted by the color and would try to bite her shell thinking it was food. The paint eventually faded as she grew, but I think you can see why I wouldn't recommend this at all.

I can totally see. :) Thanks for your input.
 

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Sibi,
Thanks for your input, however, I think your a little off base. I for one (the original poster) never said I wanted to PAINT a tortoise. I actually didn't share my belief system with the post. It was a sense of how people that truly love tortoises would feel about it. Good thing it was just a question. I paint with oils.


My error then. I'm simply replying to anyone who thinks painting a tortoise is fine and acceptable. If you didn't state that position, then I apologize since I didn't read the original post.
 

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I stand corrected. In my original post. I stated "I wouldn't personally do it". This post was not edited at anytime. Thanks guys!!
 

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I've used nail polish on the schutes(not the growth lines) so I could tell mine apart. I've often wondered why more people don't use water colors on them as decoration on holidays and such. Red white and blue? Or chalk...
 

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In addition, I just find it distasteful. It bothers me. I feel the same way about country music and most rap.

Should have clarified more: Most current rap, but not my old school stuff like Planet Earth, Wheels of Steel, Egyptian Lover and Jam on it. And all country except for Devil Went Down to Georgia and anything from Johnny Cash.
 

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I'd never do it: you never know what harm it could do to your tort. Mind you, I saw them on net painted with flags of different nations, which really looked great. But I repeat I would not do it. I'm not willing to harm or even risk any harm to my beloved tort for anything, let alone colours of a flag.
 

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The most I would ever do is a tiny itty bitty dot for identification purposes if for some reason I couldn't tell my turtles/torties apart
 
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