Hey,Don do you and your brothers like shell scratches
You know, not really. It doesn’t actually feel good.
Let me explain. Our shell is made of keratin and there are very few nerves there. If there were a lot of nerves then it wouldn’t be doing its job of protecting us like armor.
So the shell feels more like when you rub over your fingernail. That feels weird, light, but it doesn’t feel good at all. That’s how shell scratching really feels. It feels like an irritation on our shell that we have to get away from.
“But Donnie, my turtle wiggles when I do it! That means it likes it!” No, it doesn’t. It’s more likely wiggling because that feels weird and he wants to get away from it. if you really want to make your turtle happy then scratch its head instead.
Or chin scratches. Chin scratches are the best.
So don’t bother scratching a turtle shell. Would you scratch and elephant tusk? A rhino’s horn? No, because you know that is keratin and it’s made for protection and they can barely feel it. Same with a turtle shell. You scratch my shell and I’ll just wonder what in the world you are doing.