The Pondcast Creator / Host
John is the creator and host of The Pondcast (which Anthony co-hosts) and contributes to the development of theTurtleRoom’s educational resources. Now an assistant coach with the Iona College Men’s Basketball team, John has been a reptile enthusiast for his entire life, starting with Sunday trips to reptile shows with his father as a boy. He has worked with various species throughout his life including many species of snake, gecko and turtles. Most recently he has worked with the Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin), Mata Mata (Chelus fimbriata) and Brazilian Rainbow Boa (Epicrates cenchria).
In college, John bred Bearded Dragons and Leopard Geckos, and also lived with various wild animals such as Anthony Pierlioni ([email protected]). He played Basketball for four years while receiving a degree in American History from Rhode Island College. After school he coached college basketball for three years and then moved to Brooklyn, NY to pursue a career in standup comedy/writing, before taking his current position with Iona. Throughout life John has been very passionate about raising awareness for issues related to human interaction with all types of fauna, especially our little cold-blooded friends. This passion helped spark creation of The Pondcast and guides his preparation and research for every episode.