1. Welcome! Are you interested in tortoises? If so, we invite you to join our community! Our community is the #1 place for tortoise keepers to talk online. Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your tortoise and enclosure, and discuss any tortoise topic with other tortoise keepers. Get started today!

How to gain tortoise trust

Discussion in 'General Tortoise Discussion' started by polo582, Nov 16, 2017.

  1. polo582

    polo582 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2016
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    3
    I have had my tortoise for about a year now but she still hides whenever she sees my hands whether it be to give her food or change water. Is there any way to build trust, or does it just come with time.
    Gillian Moore likes this.
  2. JoesMum

    JoesMum Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2011
    Messages:
    13,645
    Likes Received:
    20,488
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Kent, South East England
    (These ads do not appear for registered members.)
    You have a young Sulcata that had a pretty nasty drop from a height if I remember rightly.

    They gain confidence at different rates, but some are always shy.


    Do you leave your tortoise in its enclosure? Or do you take it out to cuddle, play or exercise?

    They’re happiest and healthiest in the heat, humidity and UVB of their enclosure with all 4 feet on the ground.

    Following a routine can help them to learn what to expect and when.

    Something like:
    - Have the lights on a timer so they go on and off at the same time each day.

    - Start the day with a 20 minute soak before your tort has warmed up properly.

    - While your tort soaks, tidy the enclosure and place food

    - Replace your tort and leave it to be brave.

    Resist the temptation to handle him too much. He will learn to trust you and decide you bring yummy food, but he won’t like noise and disturbance.

    Have we looked over photos of your enclosure and lighting to see if there are any changes we would recommend?

    Have you read and acted on the TFO care sheets?

    They're written by species experts working hard to correct the outdated information widely available on the internet and from pet stores and, sadly, from some breeders and vets too.

    Beginner Mistakes
    http://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/beginner-mistakes.45180/

    How to raise a healthy Sulcata
    http://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/how-to-raise-a-healthy-sulcata-or-leopard-version-2-0.79895/

    For those that have a young Sulcata
    http://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/for-those-who-have-a-young-sulcata.76744/
    Gillian Moore likes this.
  3. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2008
    Messages:
    70,475
    Likes Received:
    27,731
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Clovis, CA
    Sometimes it depends upon the species. What kind is your tortoise?
  4. polo582

    polo582 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2016
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Thank you for the responses, my tortoise is a female sulcata, I do take my tortoise out to play in my yard every other day, lights go on at 6:30 and turn off at 10:00, she gets soaked every other day.
  5. Gillian Moore

    Gillian Moore Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2014
    Messages:
    13,901
    Likes Received:
    18,054
    Trophy Points:
    113
    A very warm welcome to the forum @polo582 .

    Oli - my beloved Greek tort - thankfully did get used to me, and maybe too much. :D He won't eat unless I hand feed hm! :<3: I don't mind that but I'm not always around. What a spoiled brat he is. :rolleyes:
  6. Big Charlie

    Big Charlie Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2015
    Messages:
    1,984
    Likes Received:
    2,165
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    California
    I think Charlie got friendlier when he was older. Maybe because there wasn't as big a difference in our sizes. He still startles if I approach him from behind. He has to see me coming. I rub his head and neck gently every day and give him lots of healthy treats from my hand so he associates me with good things.
    Gillian Moore likes this.
  7. Gillian Moore

    Gillian Moore Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2014
    Messages:
    13,901
    Likes Received:
    18,054
    Trophy Points:
    113
    That is great to know.
    Big Charlie likes this.
Similar Threads: gain tortoise
Forum Title Date
General Tortoise Discussion Those Nevada tortoises, again Jan 8, 2014
General Tortoise Discussion My Greek tortoise bangs against the guy's terrarium. Nov 19, 2010
General Tortoise Discussion HELP weight gain struggle! May 3, 2015
General Tortoise Discussion Weight gain issue Feb 6, 2015
General Tortoise Discussion LLL is having a great sale again Dec 18, 2014

Share This Page