confused about russian tortoise behavior

by peach cobler
(sugar land)

i just got my russian tortoise 2 days ago.well whenever i try to pick it up the right way (like under its belly)it scrapes me with his claws. i dont know why . he also stretches his neck out in the light then starts going down slowly.and it concerns me because i think hes dying .so how can i pick him up know and why does he do the neck thing?

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