Talking and holding is a good way for them to get used to you. But be careful to not restrict their movements. let them go where they want to go. otherwise they could stress out. just being in plain sight of them a lot worked well for me. I'd pick mine up, carry them outside and then watch them eat in the yard and run around for about 30 minutes each day. stay within a few feet and they will learn to like your company haha
We have handled and talked to ours since we got them. They come to us as soon as we get near their housing. They love to have their heads touched and their shells rubbed. They are better then any dog I have ever had.
I did the same as everyone else, bribery. My Sullies LOVE cactus pads, so in order for them to have some they have to take it from my hand.
I first take them out of their pen and I sit on the ground near them. I take a piece of chopped up cactus pad and place it between us. After they eat the 1st piece I would take another piece and hold it out at arms length. In order to get more they have to come closer to me and get it. And with each piece I hold it closer to me. I also am talking to them the whole time. I have taught my torts to associate me with their treats ie -cactus pad, prickly pear fruit and hibiscus flowers. The only way to get some is eating from my hand. This has worked for me with all my pets.
I handle mine all the time and now she doesn't hide in her shell when I hold her. I let her crawl on my lap and stomach when I read and now she sticks out her head when I rub the top of it, it's hilarious.
1. Time. Almost all of them become more outgoing, interactive and fearless with age.
2. Hand feeding. Works every time.
3. Proximity. The more they see you in and around their enclosure, the more they desensitize to you and start to view you as less of a potential threat. I used to pull up a chair, rest my feet on the edge of the enclosure and just hang out with them for hours. Some times I'd read a magazine, or even nap under a shade tree with them nearby.
Even if you do nothing but go about your business, they will settle down and become more interactive in time.
I was wondering the same thing when I first got Odyss (my tortoise) he would hide in his shell when ever I would reach my hand near him now he's not so bad. He eats out of my hand and he even climbed on my shoe at the park one time. He's so cute. He sometimes climbs on my hand when I put it next to him in his enclosure.
But try talking to it and hand feeding it and letting it get to know you. Being a baby it is instinct that they fear everything because everything in the wild I'm sure would eat it. So just let it get use to you so it knows your not gonna eat it.
A quick question, I was wondering can you over hold a new Sulcata. Today they are 4 weeks old. When I hold them they don't hide they just run around in my hands. I take them out to soak them 2 times a day and then for a 1 hour session in the sun. Where I feed them and talk to then most of the time. I really don't want them to be over stressed.
Thanks for any advice,
After they associate you with the provision of food, the rest is easy. Some will run towards you at top tortoise speed when they see you around, which often surprises my guests. Some will associate this with all people, but I see a tendency to respond more to those of us who actually habitually give them food/treats. Most other folks are cautiously inspected or outright ignored/tolerated. I have had folks from the power company come in to check stuff for their duties that were mainly ignored, but every once in a while an animal may ram at an ankle, so the guys know to watch out now.