Gerard is a Husbandry Specialist, working privately to develop quality, detailed captive breeding programs of carefully selected turtle and tortoise specimens in an effort to meet theTurtleRoom's conservation goals. He also provides raw media for use in the development of theTurtleRoom's educational resources. Gerard has been in love with reptiles, and especially chelonians, since childhood. He grew up running around the Florida wilderness catching turtles and started keeping turtles from a young age. When Russ Gurley's book, Keeping and Breeding Freshwater Turtles came out, Gerard became hooked more than ever before. He has been employed in reptiles since he started working and has spent time in almost every branch of the turtle hobby, from working for importers/exporters to zoos, and managing private collections for others. He spends his days working with turtles and has a special passion for the Batagur and softshell species, and has the goal of keeping and breeding each of these species. Gerard's wife and two kids (a son and a daughter), are the most important people in the world to him - they always come first. His other hobby, which he loves equally to turtles, is fishing. He and his dad can frequently be found together, either working with turtles or reeling in something big. Gerard is a member of the Turtle Survival Alliance and Turtle & Tortoise Preservation Group, as well as a member of many turtle, tortoise, and frog forums, including TortoiseForum.org, where he can frequently be found as gerards. You can contact him at [email protected].