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Getting your tortoise to trust you...

Discussion in 'Advanced Tortoise Topics' started by TerryTheTortoise2016, Mar 1, 2017.

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  1. TortillaandGamera

    TortillaandGamera New Member

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    Ooofff. I’ll be careful. Tbh Gamera the smaller one grabbed my finger by accident a few weeks ago as I gave him abit of carrot, and he ended up upside down as I kind of flipped my finger away as an automatic reaction (because ouch, it does hurt!) and he was still attached! He was ok though! On reflection, neither of us has done that since;)
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    Consistency seems to be the thing that is biggest for me. They see and hear you in the morning for water change and checks, later for soaks and more food,
    and again later to check before bed. I also bring a treat of flowers whenever I mess with them to help make them tolerate me. Otherwise, I keep my handling to a minimum and they do just fine. I have an older RT who will not like me for a day after a beak trim, but what are ya gonna do?
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    Lyn W Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Be careful of taking them out of your own property in case of pesticides or weed killers that may have been used by others, or parasites from dog and cat urine and feaces etc.
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    I hand fed my leopard when he was off colour last year and it took months to get him back to feeding himself which he had done for the three previous years. He would wait until I sat near his food and then he would practically climb into my lap and eat from my hand, but if I left him to it he would ignore his food. It sounds cute but its very time consuming and a worry that he wouldn't eat if I wasn't there. Thankfully he's back to normal now but some torts get too used to it.
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    Awww that's so sad-Im happy he is doing better. I would say what I hand feed is less than 10% of his total food intake. I think everything else I mentioned -just being consistent, patient, and slow is the most important in getting a tortoise to trust.
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