Steve and Anthony Visit Garden State Tortoise
theTurtleRoom Visits Chris Leone and His Animals
This video gives a behind the scenes look at one of the most successful cold-climate tortoise breeders in the world. Chris has a reputation as providing great customer care and producing some of the healthiest tortoises available in the trade. We weren’t surprised to see his thoughtful enclosure design and healthy tortoises in person, but it provided a bit of validation of what we already knew about Chris.
Please consider Chris if you are looking to buy a captive produced tortoise. Also, if you are thinking of getting a pet tortoise, please follow his lead and select a species that best fits your living situation and climate.
About the Authors
Steve is the Executive Director and Founder of theTurtleRoom, a husband, teacher, and musician. He has more than a decade of experience with turtle husbandry. As Executive Director, he has overall strategic and operational responsibility for theTurtleRoom's staff, programs, expansion, and execution/achievement of its mission and goals. Steve also oversees all communications, technology, data management, and education. He is also deeply involved in authoring many of the educational resources on the website; works with other organizations and theTurtleRoom's staff to develop quality, detailed captive breeding programs of carefully selected turtle and tortoise specimens in an effort to meet theTurtleRoom's conservation goals; and is getting involved in chelonian research projects. He serves as Project Manager for all of theTurtleRoom's projects in the Graptemys and Sacalia genera. His featured conservation projects include Geoemyda spengleri (Vietnamese Black-Breasted Leaf Turtle), Sacalia quadriocellata (Four-Eyed Turtle), and Graptemys oculifera (Ringed Map Turtle) which are each listed in the respective AZA SSP. When Steve is not working on projects for tTR, he can be found teaching math and music, relaxing with his wife, watching sports, or playing music.Read More
Anthony is the Senior Director of theTurtleRoom and has more than a decade of experience raising and breeding reptiles. Anthony oversees all video and audio media production (including The Pondcast) and provides 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 REPTILES, The BATAGUR, Testudo (Italian), and RADIATA (German). Some of his conservation projects include Vietnamese Black-Breasted Leaf Turtles (Geoemyda spengleri), Spider Tortoises (Pyxis arachnoides arachnoides), and Chinese Yellow-Margined Box Turtles (Cuora flavomarginata), all of which are part of larger conservation efforts, either in AZA SSPs or with the TSA. Anthony also runs several community programs for a non-profit health provider in Connecticut and enjoys herping, playing hoops, and hanging out with his wife and baby girl watching sports.Read More
Chris is the Director of Animal Husbandry for theTurtleRoom, owner and operator of Garden State Tortoise, LLC and an accomplished writer and musician. He is responsible for overseeing and coordinating animal husbandry efforts among all members of theTurtleRoom's team. He is also 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 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. When he isn't caring for his turtles and tortoises, Chris is probably hanging out with his wife or playing music.Read More
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