Anthony Pierlioni

Anthony is the Assistant Director of theTurtleRoom, overseeing all video and audio media production, co-hosting The Pondcast with John, and providing support to the 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 is a social worker who helps people by day and turtles every minute he's not at work. He has a B.A. in Art from Rhode Island College and uses art therapy with his clients often. Anthony currently works most with Red Ear Slider Morphs (T.s.elegans), Spider Tortoises (Pyxis arachnoides arachnoides), and 3-Stripe Mud Turtles (Kinosternon baurii), Blanding's Turtles (Emydoidea blandingii), Pacific Pond Turtles (Actinemys marmorata), Spotted Turtles (Clemmys guttata), European Pond Turtles (Emys orbicularis), as well as a few other species, including a group project with Steve breeding the Black-Breasted Leaf Turtle (Geoemyda spengleri). His group of P. a. arachnoides are listed in the AZA Species Survival Plan for the species, and the combined G. spengleri project with Steve is also AZA SSP listed. Anthony is a member of the Turtle Survival Alliance, Turtle & Tortoise Preservation Group, and New England Herpetological Society as well as,, and where he can be found as Anthony P. You can contact him at [email protected]. For more about Anthony, head to his bio page.

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Turtley Devoted, Episode 25

Got a Little Heated There for a Minute

Listener Appreciation – Part Two. Shannon is coming in hot in this one. She’s done her homework this time and has questions of her own, keeping the theme of listener appreciation going. Will this be the episode to end their podcast, before they’ve even reached a year of doing so? Let’s hope not.

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Turtley Devoted, Episode 24

A 'Special' Episode

Listener Appreciation – Part One. Shannon and Anthony agree, perhaps the best outcome from starting this podcast has been the outpouring of feedback from the listeners. In this episode they answer questions from listeners and have a great time doing it… For the most part.

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Turtley Devoted, Episode 23

"I Love Your Tertle's"

This conversation stemmed from a development briefly mentioned on the last show – their six year old daughter brought Anthony a note written on the back of a receipt, which reads “I love your tertle’s.” While on the surface this might seem like a joyous thing, Anthony couldn’t help but think that it had negative connotations, as well. How does being often times consumed by …

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Turtley Devoted, Episode 22

Let That Catch 22 Sink In, In Life

Lots going on in this episode. Anthony and Shannon strongly disagree on important relationship stressors that every couple grapples with – terrestrial snails in the house and turtle mating on social media. They’re up to their butts in alligators… Not really. I guess you’ll have to listen to know what all of this nonsense even means, in life.

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Turtley Devoted, Episode 21

Did We Just Become Best Friends?

Shannon is flying solo in this episode with her new friend Dominique DiFalco of the Modern Medusa Podcast. Her show highlights females in herpetoculture and herpetology, a desperately needed viewpoint that we are thrilled to see represented more through her work. Dominique is just cool, and that shines through in this episode. As the Pierlioni girls would say “I don’t need no man,” and in …

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The Pondcast, Episode 78

Horses and Turtles

Charlie is a great friend of theTurtleRoom and a well respected animal expert who made his name in the equestrian world. His passion is endangered species and education and he has a strong focus on turtles and tortoises. Using Charlie Moorcroft’s own private collection of critically endangered and protected species of animals, along with other related exhibits, the Moorcroft Conservation Foundation provides an intimate, hands …

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Turtley Devoted, Episode 20

What Does He Keep Talking About?

If you’ve listened to the show before, you’ve likely heard Anthony rambling on about this thing called the Enneagram. Apparently we all have personality types that determine not just how, but why we approach conflicts and decisions in our lives the way we do. They say opposites attract, and Anthony and Shannon are no different. In this episode, they discuss what it means to be …

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Turtley Devoted, Episode 19


Lots of updates since Shannon and Anthony last recorded – Shannon was a guest on a wonderful podcast, she has been running many educational talks, and her favorite tortoise passed away. Definitely good and bad things going on in their world, and Anthony hopes that the loss of their beloved Lenny will not hinder the progress they’ve made in their partnership in turtle related endeavors.

The Pondcast, Episode 77

Guestless In Seattle

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our intrepid turtle heroes find themselves guestless (though none of us are actually in Seattle). Join us for a fun night of sharing stories, updates, and silliness as we begin the crescendo towards celebrating theTurtleRoom’s 10th anniversary!

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