Anthonyis the Senior Director of theTurtleRoom, overseeing all video and audio media production, co-hosting The Pondcast with John, and providing support to the Executive Director. He also authors a portion of the educational resources for the site and works with other organizations (AZA and TSA) and privately to develop quality, detailed captive breeding programs of carefully selected turtle and tortoise specimens in an effort to meet theTurtleRoom’s conservation goals. Anthony has also written a book on the Geoemyda genus as a whole, which will be published by Living Art Publishing as part of their “Turtles of the World” Series, in addition to several articles in magazines such as including REPTILES, The BATAGUR, Testudo (Italian), and RADIATA (German). Anthony has a B.A. in Art from Rhode Island College and runs several community programs for a non-profit health provider in Connecticut. Anthony played basketball through college in Rhode Island and after college in Italy.
Anthony recalls going to a local pond to catch turtles with his aunt at the age of 5. Before the age of 10, Anthony had kept Eastern Painted, Common Snapping, and Eastern Box Turtles. Anthony kept turtles through his adolescence, adding the Malayan Box Turtle (Cuora Amboinensis) and Red Ear Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) to the list of species he had worked with. Seeing the large Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) at the Bronx Zoo at age 9 opened his eyes to more than what could be found in the Northeast.
In college, Anthony bred Bearded Dragons and Leopard Geckos and also worked with Geochelone sulcata tortoises, various turtles of the Trachemys, Graptemys, Clemmys, Cuora, Macrochelys, Pseudemys, Chrysemys, Terrapene, and Malaclemys genera. When he purchased his first Alligator Snapping Turtle (M. temminckii), a childhood dream had been fulfilled. This accomplishment would prove instrumental in leading to new heights of research and networking.
Anthony bred his first turtles, Spotted Turtles (Clemmys guttata) on August 7th 2009. He currently works most with Ryukyu Black-Breasted Leaf Turtles (Geoemyda japonica), Spider Tortoises (Pyxis arachnoides arachnoides), Flowerback Box Turtle (Cuora galbinifrons), Vietnamese Pond Turtles (Mauremys annamensis), Red-Necked Pond Turtles (Mauremys nigricans), Chinese Yellow-Margined Box Turtles (Cuora flavomarginata), Four-Eyed Turtles (Sacalia quadriocellata), Blanding’s Turtles (Emydoidea blandingii), Spotted Turtles (Clemmys guttata), Eastern Hermann’s Tortoises (Testudo hermanni boettgeri), and a group Vietnamese Black-Breasted Leaf Turtle (Geoemyda spengleri) project with Steve. His group of P. a. arachnoides and the shared group of G. spengleri are listed in the respective AZA Studbooks and SSPs for their species. His group of C. flavomarginata is part of the TSA Taxonomy Management Group for the species.
During the warmer months in Connecticut, Anthony spends time studying the behavior of both native and invasive turtle species, their effects on the environment, and how success of certain species coincides with success or failure of other species as they compete for the same resources. He also enjoys assisting with field research of endangered turtles around the Northeast.
Anthony is a member of the Turtle Survival Alliance, Turtle & Tortoise Preservation Group, New York Turtle & Tortoise Society, and New England Herpetological Society as well as TurtleForum.com, TortoiseBoard.com, and TortoiseForum.org where he can be found as Anthony P. You can contact him at [email protected].