Having tags on your turtles helps maximize the chances that they will be returned to you if they get lost. However, there are important considerations to bear in mind when choosing tag placement on hard shelled turtles. For example, if you place the tag on the front flipper, it is important that the tag is positioned closer to the turtle’s axilla than is typical in order to minimize the chances that it will become entangled in gill nets or fishing line. Also, when you mark a turtle, never drill holes into its shell plates (scutes) as there are blood vessels and nerves underneath the surface that could be damaged.
One of the best ways to avoid this is to use a “flipper tag”, which is usually a small ping-pong ball sized tag that is attached by piercing it through the skin of the turtle’s flippers. This type of tag has a unique number on one side and the turtle’s return address on the other, so that they can be easily tracked down if they get lost.
These tags can be placed on either the front or rear flippers of a turtle. Tags on the front flippers tend to have a lower rate of tag loss, as they are easier to see, but tags on the rear flippers may be more difficult to see and can be mistaken for food by predators or by people who are collecting turtles for sale.
Another important aspect of using turtle thermoplastic markings is that they are highly visible, even at night or during bad weather conditions. This is because the materials used in thermoplastics are highly reflective and are designed to shine in the light. This increased visibility is instrumental in keeping pedestrians safe and helping drivers maintain control of their vehicles.
Thermoplastic pavement markings are highly durable, and they will last much longer than standard traffic paint. This means they will need to be replaced less frequently, which is a cost-effective solution for business owners. They are also more visually appealing than standard markings, which makes them a great option for commercial parking lots.
For a fun and educational way to improve children’s motor skills, consider adding a preformed thermoplastic turtle-shaped hopscotch marking to your playground. This marking is available in a variety of shapes and colours and can be arranged in any pattern to create a sensory path that meets the needs of your students. This friendly-looking marker can be used to encourage kids to practice their counting skills as they aim for the highest scoring segments on the turtle’s body. To add a little more excitement, you can play the game with multiple turtles and have each child try to hit different target areas on all of them simultaneously. It is important to note that while this playful activity can be a great way to improve counting skills, it is always important to keep your eyes on the road while playing.