Take a moment to look at this image. It’s important information. So many of the questions asked about can be answered by understanding this. Don’t knock, drill, nail, or do anything to a tortoise shell you wouldn’t want done to your back. That shell is just the outside of the skeleton. It needs to absorb nutrients just like our skin does, so don’t paint it, cover it needlessly.  DON’T lift a tortoise by its tail or pull on a tortoise tail, you’re yanking their spine! 

hightolerance:

saved her from getting run over.
I have no idea why she is painted bright blue.

So glad you saved her! Poor thing is probably struggling with his/her shell painted like that.

Don’t paint turtle or tortoise shells folks. Its so bad for them.