What exactly IS the personality of a Russian Tortoise like? I am a newbie... lots of experience with mammals, none with herps, and I'm trying to figure out which is best. Here's my "scale" of friendliness... where would a RT come in?
0 - Pet rock. No response to humans at all.
1 - Goldfish. Recognizes humans, knows they bring food. No interest otherwise.
2 - Betta. Recognizes humans, sometimes likes to stare at them, whether or not food is offered.
5 - Gerbils. Play on you, not with you. Ask to come out of tank. Recognize you, but not as an individual. Like to be held, not so much stroked.
8 - Bearded dragon. Seems to like people, but maybe it's just a heat thing... but still seems friendly and likes handling and petting.
10 - Cats, dogs, and rats. Love you, show it in their own way, like to be petted, pine if not given enough attention, see you as another like themselves.
I called a place today and asked how you know if a herp likes you. I got an, uhhhhh... it doesn't try to bite you. Gads.