The Pondcast, Episode 25
Hands On? Hands Off?
theTurtleRoom brings you the The Pondcast, Episode 25: Hands On? Hands Off?. An audio-only version is also available for download. Visit ThePondcast.com to learn more about the show. Episode 26 is scheduled for Monday, June 6th at 7PM EDT!
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In This Episode…
Amanda joins Anthony to discuss the merits of both “Hands On” and “Hands Off” husbandry techniques. The conversation includes applications to both education and conservation. So, join Anthony and Amanda for a great conversation about husbandry and “taming” reptiles.
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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
John is the Creator and Host of The Pondcast, theTurtleRoom's monthly video podcast. He has been a reptile enthusiast for his entire life, starting with Sunday trips to reptile shows with his father as a boy. John has worked with various species of reptiles 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). Throughout life John has been very passionate about raising awareness for issues related to human interaction with all types of fauna, especially our little coldblooded friends. John's other passion is basketball, and most times you run into him, you can be sure reptiles or a basketball court are nearby. Come join him on our next episode of The Pondcast.Read More
Amanda is the Social Media Coordinator and works primarily on connecting the public and theTurtleRoom through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Amanda has been obsessed with reptiles since she found her first garter snake outside as a curious five year old, and still hasn’t been able to get enough of finding any type of reptile outside. She loves to keep a large collection of reptiles, and her first pet reptile was a Russian tortoise. Since then, Amanda has kept a wide variety of snakes, lizards, and amphibians but her favorites to work with remain turtles and tortoises. Her favorite species currently is the Diamondback Terrapin, and has 4 of them that she loves to share with the public during educational events. Amanda has a background in environmental biology and has had many unique experiences working in the field with chelonians; most notably, sea turtles. For nearly two years at New England Aquarium, Amanda worked to rescue, rehabilitate, and educate the public about them. Aside from working with theTurtleRoom, Amanda is also a leader for the Georgia Reptile Society’s Greater Atlanta area chapter and does whatever she can to work or volunteer in the conservation of reptiles and amphibians. She lives in Atlanta with her boyfriend, their two dogs, and a colorful crew of herps! She hopes to grow her experience in conservation by not only working in the field and with captive breeding/husbandry, but also in pursuit of her passion – educating the public and sharing her love for turtles and tortoises with the world!Read More