Which is correct: "Noli irritare leonem" or "Noli irritare leones"?

Thiago Matos

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Florianópolis, Santa Catarina

I'm gonna tattoo my family crest next month and I would like to add a motto.
The problem is I've seen it written two different ways:

"Noli irritare leonem" and "Noli irritare leones"

The meaning I guess is "Do not provoke the lion", "Do not provoke lions" or "Do not provoke a lion".

Since I don't want to tattoo something wrong in my body I ask for your expertise to help me solve this problem.

I appreciate your time and attention
Thank you very much

Imber Ranae

Ranunculus Iracundus

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
leonem is singular and leones is plural. That's the only difference.