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Do tortoises love to be pet?

Discussion in 'General Tortoise Discussion' started by TairaBacca, Jun 11, 2017.

  1. Beasty_Artemis

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    Some days my red foot Artemis is really outgoing, and others not as much. But on her "friendly" days, she will follow me around the perimeter of her table and put her head all the way out. She lets me pet her head all that i want. Though she usually will try to taste my finger.
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    Really great news! My tortoise now stretches out his neck whenever he is on my lap. If I pet his head then he stretches out even farther to let me give his neck a good scratch. I guess I just needed to give my RT some time to get used to me. Thanks for all of your replies
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  3. Several of mine love a head rub....
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    this post is full of precious information and your brushes just take the cake :)
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    oh oh, i had this going on, until i realized the the bigger was mentally intimidating the smaller, i had to separate.
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    this post is awesome first of all:)
    all chelonians are like people - some like it and some not, depends on where they started and what they lacked. some of my mine are ok with petting, all are pretty much rescues so some came from not so fantacstic conditions and can not be happier roaming on their own, while others will come up to me and look me int he eyes, with their one eye, sideways, you know:) they are so funny.
    but i handle and train all of my turtles and tortoises except for my read eared sliders, they just want to jump in my arms and they are huge and snaky looking, lol:) so the bottom line of my petting experience is that turtle and torts are easily trainable like dogs very much are, and if yo ustart a routine of any kind, including the rubs - they will get used to it too and who knows - might even enjoy it. :)
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    so, the beak on your tortoise says too things: wrong diet and wrong feeding surface.
    the shell flaking screams - wrong diet, so you already have two things pointing to the wrong diet. the lose calcium usually can mean two things - vitamins and especially iron. people think that it is calcium that is the most important, yes it is but other vitamins especially certain oils and especially iron is what keeps that calcium in place.
    describe his weekly diet, be specific, he is not getting something,
    also another problem might be the lack of vitamin d, aka sunshine, it is free and needs to be soaked in for an hour or so daily to produce the right amount. vitamin d is super important in proper bone health, and without it the animal can get metabolic bone desease.
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    Yeah that is exactly what I had to do.
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    My russian and I have started bonding and i rub the shell and head softly for a few seconds several times a day. Seems fine with it.
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    Yep I agree. Just finished making an outside enclosure for sunlight. Also I am giving more calcium through collard greens and cacti(prickly pear). Dies collard greens have iron? Good sources of calcium and iron you recommend ? Thanks
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    Sometimes. Some of my hinges like to have their hinge scratched(they lean into it)and one or more of my Redfoots like their head/neck region scratched. Also I've enjoyed scratching the necks of the Galapagos at San Diego Zoo.
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    I got my cherry head a few weeks ago as a hatchling. At first he was really shy, but now whenever I pet his head he rubs up against my finger and he loves it when I rub the back of his neck and under his chin. Ive seen a few things saying that Redfoots don't like their necks being touched, but if you bond with them and they're like mine they'll probably come to enjoy it :)

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    I know this post is a bit old, but I love it because it reminds me of what my green iguana does when I stroke him, close his eyes, raise his head and freeze... it's the exact same thing. But I have been told that it is a kind of instinctive self-protective act almost like "playing possum". Who really knows? It sure does look like blissful enjoyment, if it was a human doing it!
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    Spourd the Russian tortoise loves to be pet on the top of his neck, and loves when i wiggle my finger in the skin near his back legs.
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    I think his beak needs to be trimmed.
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    To be honest...No...the brain it’s too small...
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    I wish I could download my video of Jewel when she lets me give her neck rubs it won’t let me. She has loved them when she was a hatchling. As you start, she stretches her neck out really long. It’s so cute. She is two now & isn’t as fond of it.
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    My tortoise used to love that too!
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    My big sulcata LOVES to be touched and pet. She won't even go to bed unless I sit beside her, and hug her, and give her a neck rub before I turn out the light. She will come find you to get back rubs in the day time.
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    Can we get a few pics of these cuddly moments, please?:)
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