Gopher tortoise found with its nails painted pink in Florida

Posted: 6:14 AM, Sep 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-18 06:14:18-04

An animal rescue group in the Tampa area said someone painted a gopher tortoise, which is illegal since it is a federally protected species. 

On Monday, Owl's Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife in Odessa, Fla., posted a photo of a tortoise that had its nails and part of its shell painted pink.

The rescue group said a person found the female tortoise in their yard and described the reptile as "not a happy camper."

The post said workers will have to spend quite a bit of time using "non-toxic methods to try and remove the paint." 

It is illegal to touch, move or paint gopher tortoises. 

A similar incident occurred in April of this year in the town of Montverde, Florida, and another one in Naples in 2016.