Director of Animal Husbandry
Chris is the Director of Animal Husbandry for theTurtleRoom, responsible for overseeing and coordinating animal husbandry efforts among all members of theTurtleRoom’s team. Chris is also the owner and operator of Garden State Tortoise, LLC. He is the studbook coordinator for the North American Regional Studbook for Testudo hermanni hermanni (a combined project of Garden State Tortoise and theTurtleRoom) and his work with the world’s turtles and tortoises spans over two decades. Chris’ life centers around keeping and breeding dozens of species with a primary focus on Mediterranean tortoises and turtles of the Northeastern United States, among others. Additionally, he has done and is doing extensive work regarding geographical variation and DNA research in Testudo species. He is an Educational Resource Contributor for theTurtleRoom and has written for Reptiles Magazine since early 2011. Chris is also an author and contributor for Testudo Edizioni (Italy), ReptileApartment.com, TortoiseForum.org, and The Reptile Report. He is an active member of several turtle and tortoise forums across the globe. In previous years, Chris has been a helping hand in turtle dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History, has provided live specimens for several state nature museums and has aided in photography for books and other magazines on the subject in addition to care sheets for reptilechannel.com. His work with local humane societies, fish and wildlife agencies and zoos has helped countless turtles find new homes and his research is ongoing. Visit him and his amazing animals at gardenstatetortoise.com and hermannihaven.com.