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Chris Leone- Garden State Tortoise & Hermanni Haven

Discussion in 'Tortoise Vendor Reviews' started by Brandon W, Aug 13, 2014.

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    We just bought our first tortoise for our 12-year-old son. We had used Chris's extensive online information to get ready for ownership and decided a Hermann's would suit us best. We expected to buy from someone at a large reptile show but after learning more and more about tortoises, we realized that we would want a guaranteed captive-bred, healthy juvenile from a knowledgeable breeder. That brought us back to GardenStateTortoise. (We also went to the reptile show with an open mind to see what they had and were very disappointed with the selection and value.)

    I cannot be happier with the experience buying from Chris. He answered every question we had both very promptly and with great detail and enthusiasm. He was very communicative about the shipping schedule. Even before we got our tort in the mail, I knew we'd made the right choice. Scooter arrived just the other day, settled into his tortoise table quickly, and was eating in no time. We just took a video of him devouring dandelion leaves - we've only had him a couple of days and we're already in a routine! Chris emailed us to check on him earlier today - I really appreciate his sincere customer service that I'm sure is rooted in his passion for the animals.

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    Hello! I just wanted to post about how great my expierience was with Chris. My baby Winston is now 1 year old but he has been super healthy since day 1. Chris even kept him a few extra weeks because he hatched late and we were going on vacation. I just recently updated him on Winston's progress. I would highly recommend him!

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    Chris is awesome! I got my two Stars from him. He was so helpful and patient with my abundant questions. I sent him photos after six months and gave him their growth stats to make sure they were doing okay. He was so quick with answering! I hope to purchase more tortoises from him! Best breeder ever!
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    Late review, I purchased 4 Juvenile North American wood turtles from Chris in late March. They are doing great, very alert, active and eating well. Chris is always prompt to answer questions and concerns throughout the whole process and offers great and healthy animals. Hope to order more from Garden state tortoise in the future

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    Just received 1.2 Eastern Hermann's breeding group from Chris at Garden State Tortoise. It was a great transaction. Chris was quick to respond, friendly, and informative. The tortoises arrived in great shape and are now acclimating to their new home. I highly recommend working with Chris and Garden State. Thanks again Chris.
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    I just received my 2 Egyptian babies from Chris. He was excellent to work with, replied to all emails very promptly (within minutes!) and was happy to give plenty of information about my new babies. This was the first time I had ever had hatchlings shipped and he was very patient with my panicked emails about where and how to pick them up. They arrived extremely well packaged and were out exploring their enclosure within the first few minutes. I would definitely recommend Chris and I look forward to purchasing a couple more Egyptian hatchlings from him in the near future!
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    Beautiful space
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    Kalbrecht Active Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Jdfick, what is your soaking spot made of?
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    It’s just concrete. I dug out a little pond, mixed up a bag of quikcrete, put rubber gloves on, shoveled it into the hole, and spread it with my hands. Done in a day.
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    You didn’t have any problem with the water soaking in??
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    So you didn't use a pond liner?
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    What's the dimensions of the hole
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    No pond liner. Not needed for a simple basin. The hole is approximately 2’x3’ and maybe 4” deep. If you want a pebbled look like mine you can just wait an hour or so and then give it a good spray with a shower setting on a hose. Or with my redfoot enclosure I waited about 45 minutes and then pressed fig leaves into the concrete basin to give it a cool effect. Don’t let the leaves harden into the concrete. Just press them in so they leave their imprint.
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    I also recently received my tortoise from Chris at Garden State Tortoise. He was very reliable, replied to every email— no matter how silly the question— and gave amazing guidance. I received my Testudo Hermanni Hermanni from the Apulia local and I couldn’t be happier with him. I am definitely going to continue to do business with Chris. He is by far the most knowledgeable testudo breeder I have EVER encountered and it was only a pleasure. I can’t wait to give Tortellini a friend in he future.
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    Can you post pictures when you get a chance?
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