Yup that's what they say but I believe there are other methods now a day. I would love to know what is that other new method.?I'm assuming that's because they have such a strong jaw and the only way to make them let go is to burn their tail. At any rate, that's not something we would do now-a-days. It's an old wives tale.
My sister had to go to the emergency hospital for a couple stitches in her finger after her big sulcata, Bob, clamped down on her finger and wouldn't let go. She said it was VERY painful. I don't remember how she got his mouth open but I'm sure she didn't burn his tail.
I lives in Venezuela! I consider it cruel too! But people from the country side are ignorant...saddly.. they even get to the point of eating them that's horrible. I get to the point I don't like living here but for now I have no choice.Not sure about where you live but in this country that would be considered animal abuse.
If you dont hand feed your tortoise you shouldn't get bit. They are not fast runners so they cant chase you down too bite either.
Frogging? censorship?One time a million years ago I was frogging with a friend around a local pond, and reached in to grab a particularly promising frog...
the "frog" I'd seen turned out to be a snapping turtle that had buried itself in the mud, everything except the front of its head.
When I reached into the water to pull the beast out of the water it latched onto my thumb and was hanging by the meat for a few seconds before it bit through and fell back into the water. I screamed and bled everywhere and the person we were staying with put horse liniment on it, and my fingerprint grew oddly for a decade.
Long story short, I wish I'd had a trick to get that turtle to release his grip without losing that hunk of thumb.