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 President, Executive Director, and Founder of theTurtleRoom (tTR), a husband, teacher, athlete, and musician. He has well over a decade of experience with turtle husbandry and has worked with more than 45 different species. As President and Executive Director, Steve has overall strategic and operational responsibility for tTR’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution/achievement of its mission and goals. He also takes on leadership and assistant roles on individual projects within the four departments of tTR; it would be impossible to list them in such a short bio. Steve completed his Master of Education Degree in Mathematics in 2018 and holds two Bachelor of Art Degrees in Music and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (the equivalent of a third Bachelor’s degree). When Steve is not working on projects for tTR, he can be found teaching, relaxing with his wife Lisa, watching sports, playing music, or building Star Wars LEGOs.Read More
Anthony was the "Best of 2017" Editor's Choice for "Chelonia Personality of the Year" by The Reptile Report. As the Senior Director of theTurtleRoom, Anthony oversees educational efforts, including video and audio media production, like The Pondcast. Anthony has also written a book on the Geoemyda genus, published by Living Art Publishing as part of their “Turtles of the World” series, and several articles in magazines such as including REPTILES, The BATAGUR, Testudo (Italian), and RADIATA (German).
Anthony has a B.A. from Rhode Island College and works in management for VCA Animal Hospitals. He lives in the Northeast with his wife, Shannon, and daughters, Cambria and Maddalena. He and his family are often on the move, giving turtle presentations at schools, nature and science centers, herpetological societies and conferences.Read More
Chris is the Director of Animal Husbandry for theTurtleRoom and owner of Garden State Tortoise. He has kept and bred turtles and tortoises for nearly 30 years. Chris is also an author, speaker and presenter concerning chelonian species and their care. He maintains long-standing relationships with fish and wildlife agencies, zoos, and organizations while handling many of New Jersey’s rescues concerning unwanted turtles and tortoises. Along with his wife Casey, he started the Terrapin Conservation Initiative, one of theTurtleRoom's field programs. Chris is also the coordinator for the Western Hermann’s Tortoise North American Regional Studbook. Chris devotes much of his life to caring for these animals, traveling to educate others about them and remains prominent on social media.Read More
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