Funny. I thought it was just me.
My friendly male. The one I just sold liked to climb into my lap whenever I would do pen maintenance. I had to stop letting him do so because the first two times he did he left a "DEUCE" on my pants.
PLEEEAASE, get someone to take a photo of thisI have 7 Russians in my enclosure, if I go in to clean it, I get swarmed. If I sit down, they all climb onto my lap and I've never been used as a toilet. I have put a lot of work into my Russians so they know me well and are pretty friendly, even with strangers. I don't see anything wrong with letting them on your lap, just use common sense. I sit on the ground with my legs extended in front of me, so if they do fall off my lap, its not a long fall and I sit on loose dirt when I do this. Sitting on a chair over a cement patio is probably a bad place to let you tort sit on your lap. So just see if they do it willingly, all 7 of mine willingly climb up and lay on my lap, so I think that's why I haven't been used as a toilet. Don't force it, just sit in their enclosure a couple times a week and let them get used to you, eventually if they're friendly they'll come check you out. Don't pick them up, just let them decide whether or not to climb on your lap. Once they do it on their own, it becomes a thing to do for them. Personally, I see nothing wrong with my method, I give my torts the right to choose so its stress free.
My baby sulcata prefers to sit on me. I sit near him/her when we are in the yard. He will explore for a minute or two and then races over to crawl up my legs and get to my lap.It seems a lot of people put their tortoise on their lap I always thought that was a bad idea. What do you think