My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am a Vet tech with special interest in reptiles and reptile rescue.
I would like to assist you.
What type of tortoise do you have?
Is it a male?
Is it housed outside?
You have not responed to my information request, but I did want to let you know my suspicions for the new behavior. This is tortoise mating season. If your tortoise is a male, this is mating behavior you are seeing. The butting, clawing and trying to get to you. The fact he is in the garden has stimulated the breeding behavior and this may last for a month or two before he settles down. Normally with small Reptiles we offer a stuffed animal, but with a larger tortoise, we just have to stay out of their way. Cooling him down and shortening the light cycle may help settling him down. I hopes this explains the strange behavior. Joan