We won Reader's Choice for Chelonia Personality of the Year! Thanks to everyone who voted!
REPTILES COVER AGAIN!
September 30, 2016
We made the cover of REPTILES magazine again! This time, Chris' article on the functionally extinct Burmese star tortoise (Geochelone platynota) is the main feature and a photo of one of our adults and its babies is shown on the front cover. This is the November/December issue and is available to subscribers now. It'll hit stores next month!
CHRIS @ TSA AUGUST 1-4!
JULY 20, 2016
Chris will be in attendance for the TSA's 14th Annual Symposium on the Conservation & Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles August 1-4 in New Orleans, LA. He will be speaking about Blanding's turtles and using nature as a model to create naturalistic habitats for them! Click the link below to learn about the conference!
We're honored to announce that our viral video "Separating Tortoise Twins" which has greatly surpassed 1 million veiws has won a FLUKIE AWARD for 2016 from Fluker Farms! On top of that, we are also stoked to announce that we were named Honorable Mention for "Chelonia Personality of the Year" through the Reptile Report! Thanks again to everyone who continues to blow us away with support!
NEW WINTER VIDEO!
February 3 2016
It's time for our annual winter video! Although many of our turtles and tortoises are currently hibernating, there are still plenty of mouths to feed. Enjoy this new video on the "Educational Videos" page or by visiting us on YouTube!
We often get asked how it is possible for us to maintain heavily protected species here and we are also very aware of an influx of false information going around pertaining to certain ones. In response to this and to help people gain a much better understanding of legalities involving them we have created a new page. Check it out!
January 12, 2016
AnimalBytesTV/SnakeBytesTV was kind kind enough to film their first ever all-turtle/tortoise related episode right here at Garden State Tortoise! We are absolutely thrilled and honored about this and you can now watch the episode on the home page of this site so go check it out now for a little taste of what we have going on here!
November 26, 2015
We've added a new page to this site called "COLLECTION". It features a list of species kept and bred here at GST. It's under construction but enjoy the photos for now, much more to come!
If you haven't notcied already, the story and video of our Tortoise Twins has gone viral. Several news entities have covered the story already (CNN, NBC, Discovery etc..) and now you can see us and the animals on TV tonight! Fox News came by to film the twins and what we do here today and the story will be aired tonight on the following channels:
Fox News My9NJ @ 10:00pm
Fox News Philadelphia (Philly 29) @ 12am
Fox 5 @ 1:00am
Tune in or wait for us to post the direct link to the story tomorrow!!
TWINS & A VIDEO ABOUT THEM!
October 15, 2015
Twin Western Hermann's tortoises from Apulia were hatched here and they were joined at the yolk sac. This presented us with a challenge but we are happy to report they are well and we even put together a video to show you all what we did to separate them. Enjoy and share!
The video can be seen by clicking the button below.
For those who do not know, theTurtleRoom (who we are a partner for) was invited to speak at the Turtle Survival Alliance 2015 Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles. Since I could not be there due to conflicting travel plans, we shot a film here on the Captive Care of the Western Hermann's tortoise and it was played at the symposium. We were lucky enough
to get permission to feature it on YouTube now that the symposium is over and here it is right on the video page of this site for you all to view! You can also click the link below and watch it there. Like and share!
We just added some available turtles and tortoises on the available page. Check them out now!
CHRIS IN MINNESOTA!
May 13, 2015
Chris will be flying out to do a special talk "Growing Up With Turtles" on Friday, June 5th 2015. The MHS (Minnesota Herpetological Society) has invited him out to be the guest speaker and the topic will be all about life with turtles and tortoises, growing up around them and the story of Garden State Tortoise. The meeting will be held at the University of Minnesota Room 335 Borlaug Hall at 7pm. Click the link below to find out more about the society and the event!
Don't forget that the newest issue of REPTILES is out in stores now. It's the May/June issue and it features Chris Leone's latest article on Hermann's tortoises titled "Europe's Iconic Tortoise". Get to a pet store and grab your copy today!
2015 SEASON KICK-OFF TOMORROW!
April 24, 2015
That's right, it's time for the 2015 Season Kick-Off tomorrow at the Hamburg Reptile Show in Hamburg, PA! Us Northerners have been through enough and this particular show means a start to another long awaited season. Stop by our tables and say hi and be sure to check out all the amazing captive bred turtles and tortoises we will have available. We will of course be hanging with some of the rest of our staff members from theTurtleRoom!
Chris has been writing for REPTILES MAGAZINE since 2011 but this time, we've landed the front cover! Be sure to pick up your copy of the May/June issue on stands in stores next month, nationwide! This article covers the natural history, care, breeding and identification of the famous Hermann's tortoise! You don't wanna pass this one up.
BREEDER OF THE YEAR WINNER!
February 25, 2015
Chris Leone, owner/operator of Garden State Tortoise & Hermanni Haven was recently named "Chelonia Breeder of the Year" for the reader's choice in the Reptile Report's "Best of 2014" awards! Thank you to everyone who voted and who made this possible! We are beyond excited and thankful!
Don't forget that it's that time again, it's time for THE HAMBURG REPTILE SHOW! This Saturday, February 28th in Hamburg, PA. As usual, we will have plenty of awesome, quality captive bred tortoises and turtles for sale. Come say hi!
If you're a Jurassic Park fan, then you should recognize the title of this news segment and since scientists have recently proven that turtles & tortoises are more closely related to dinosaurs than once thought, it seemed even more appropriate! Click the link below to head on over to our other site "Hermanni Haven" and read about some pretty neat stuff we have going on with Hermann's tortoises!
Garden State Tortoise's Chris Leone is nominated for "Chelonia Breeder of the Year"! This is exciting news and we urge all of you out there to go vote for him or if you have another favorite on the nominee list, by all means go vote for them!
Click the link below, become a member of the Reptile Report website and vote today!!
Happy new year! We've added a brand new care sheet, this time about the Radiated tortoise. Check it out today under the care sheets tab and read up about this critically endangered species. View some photos of the Radiated tortoises kept here!
December 11, 2014
Check out our ever growing Facebook page. It's loaded with great photos of the turtles and tortoises bred here along with video clips and plenty of comments. Also, don't forget about our "Did you know?" posts that surface weekly on the FB news feed! Click below and like us today! Spread the word.
Time flies and it's only a week away. The December Hamburg Reptile show is already here so be sure to come see us next Saturday 12/6 bright and early to take advantage of some awesome deals on captive bred turtles and tortoises for the holiday season. www.hamburgreptileshow.com
OCTOBER HAMBURG EXPO!
October 9, 2014
Fall is officially here which means it's also time for the October Hamburg Reptile Show again! The expo is Saturday the 18th and we will be there as usual with plenty of captive bred, quality turtles and tortoises. Stop by and say hi.
It's that time again! The Hamburg Reptile Expo is this weekend 8/2 and we will be have plenty of the finest turtles and tortoises available. You're gonna have to be there to find out what we have. see you all there!!
Chris's latest article "The Engraved Turtle" in Reptiles Magazine's July 2014 issue is only on stands a few more days before they make way for the August issue so head out to your local PetCo or other pet store and pick up a copy!
Also, head on over to our good friends at www.theturtleroom.com to view the latest Species Profile page about the Western Hermann's tortoise written by Chris! Or, click the direct link below:
Happy World Turtle Day 2014 from everyone at Garden State Tortoise! Get out there and celebrate one of the world's most incredible creatures!
REPTILES MAGAZINE AGAIN!
May 10th, 2014
We're in Reptiles Magazine again! Be sure to get a copy of the July 2014 issue on stands next month and read Chris's newest article titled "The Engraved Turtle", all about one of our personal-all-time-favorites the North American wood turtle!
April 22, 2014
It's that time of year again, the April Hamburg Reptile Show in Hamburg, PA! This Saturday, April 26th, come kick off the 2014 breeding season with Garden State Tortoise and many, many more breeders at the Hamburg Fieldhouse for one of the region's biggest and busiest shows ever. Plenty of captive born & bred turtles and tortoises will be available so get there super early or you're sure to miss out on something. Happy Spring and see you all there!
NEW ARTICLE IN REPTILES MAGAZINE!
February 23, 2014
Check out Chris Leone's brand new article titled "Long Live the Greeks" in Reptiles Magazine's April 2014 issue on stands next month!! Plenty of photos and info for all the Greek tortoise fans out there!
CARE SHEETS ADDED!
January 13th, 2014
I've finally had time to sit down and work on some care sheets. If you click on the "care sheets" tab above, the drop down tabs will reveal to you the ones that are finished. I hope these help any of you interested in certain species. Plenty more will be added over time as I find the time to complete them. Don't forget about my upcoming articles in Reptiles Magazine this spring and summer! Happy new year to all of you!
November 17th, 2013
After two years since our last attempt at this, we are happy to announce a brand new video about properly identifying Hermann's tortoise subspecies. This time we dig deeper into the world of variation found within this species complex and get personal with the Western form, Testudo hermanni hermanni. Check it out now in the video section or at hermannihaven.com!
WESTERN HERMANN'S STUDBOOK!
October 23rd, 2013
We have been working with the rare Western Hermann's tortoise (Testudo hermanni hermanni) for many years. It has been a long time goal to launch a comprehensive studbook to manage these founder animals and their offpsring in order to protect their future in the USA. With help from our good friend Steve Enders of The Turtle Room (theturtleroom.com), this was finally made possible!
Autumn is always a crazy busy month for us here. We're preparing many of our large breeding groups for hibernation while bringing others inside for the coming winter. It's a full house for sure and along with working on both this site as well as hermannihaven.com, there's little time for much else. Also, I'm currently writing two brand new articles for Reptiles Magazine...you'll have to wait and see what species this time around!! We've been doing a bunch of Reptile Expos lately and there are more to come in the next few months so stay tuned!
Chris & Casey
October 7th, 2013
We're thrilled to announce that we will be a vendor at the Northwestern Berks Reptile Show in Hamburg, PA on October 19th!! This is the biggest show in the tri-state area and generates a massive attendance. If you're not online super early, you'll be waiting a long time to get in and you might miss out on some great deals, so get there in plenty of time!!! We're bringing an excellent selection of both rare and common species of turtles and tortoises with us so be sure to check us out at this awesome event. Since I was a kid, this was the show to go to and it's amazing to be able to be a part of it now. See you all there!!!
That's right, we're doing another expo next weekend! Saturday, September 28th, we'll be at the East Coast Reptile Super Expo in Oaks, PA at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center (100 Station Ave., Oaks, PA 19456). Doors are at 9am, so be there early and come see us and a wonderful variety of Captive Bred turtles and tortoises for sale!!!!! *Please remember that all turtles/tortoises under 4" are not sold to be pets and there will be absolutely NO native Pennsylvania species for sale at this show.
Come see Garden State Tortoise at the Eastern Herpetological Expo this Saturday 9/21/13 at the Bucksmont Indoor Sports Center, 2278 North Penn Road in Hatfield, PA 19440!! We will have a beautiful display of Captive Bred turtles and tortoises for sale representing several different species and subspecies. Don't miss out on great show prices! Take advantage now before these are all gone until next summer! *Please remember that all turtles/tortoises under 4" are not sold to be pets and there will be absolutely NO native Pennsylvania species for sale at this show.
See you at the show!
Chris & Casey
September 8th, 2013
Head on over the available page and see what we have for sale. We have limited numbers of some of the turtles we have produced here this season!! Perfect, amazing, healthy turtles for sale right now on our page. As usual, they go fast, so get in touch with us now about what you want because they won't be available until this time NEXT YEAR!
As Autumn approaches, we begin to "clean house" and let go anything we don't intend to raise oursleves here on the farm so now's your chance to get some super high quality babies, direct from the breeder!
Chris & Casey
August 1st, 2013
That's right, yet another hatching season has begun here at Garden State Tortoise and we couldn't be happier with all the new babies popping up every day! Even though it's sad to see summer go by so fast, we can't help the excitement and joy we feel as we watch our hard work and dedication pay off with each and every turtle/tortoise birth that takes place here. It is also our pleasure to be able to offer these gems for sale to those interested and to be able to provide a life long source of information on their care and understanding. Be sure to head on over to our availability page right now and view what is already for sale. Limited amounts of these species are currently available and many of them won't be sold again until this time next year, so if you're looking for something, now is the time to make a move!
Chris & Casey
June 29th, 2013
Welcome to the all new GardenStateTortoise.com! Casey and I have been working super hard on this site and our sister site HermanniHaven.com for months now. It wasn't easy but we've got it all launched for your veiwing pleasure and we're beyond excited to finally have something to show. Please, kindly bear with us as we continue to work on both sites to get them up to par and in tip top shape. For the time being, you may experience some broken links or empty pages. We expect to have HermanniHaven.com ready for launch within the next few weeks. This will of course, all change as we work more and more. Technically, the sites will never be "done" for lack of a better term because we will always be adding new videos, photos, care sheets, links, news feeds and other info for years to come! Enjoy and please spread the word!
Chris & Casey
NEW REPTILES MAGAZINE ARTICLE!
June 18th, 2013
We're in the heart of nesting season 2013 for the turtles and what better way to get into the swing of things than by reading an article on one of America's favorite turtles, the spotted turtle?? Chris's new and third article for Reptiles Magazine is on stands now in pet stores and other stores worldwide. This time around it's on spotted turtles (Clemmys guttata) and it's titled "An American Classic." Pick up your July 2013 issue of Reptiles Magazine today!!