The 2016 Annual NYTTS Turtle and Tortoise Show

Show Judge Patrice Whittington
with Anthony Peirlioni ~ Photo by Bill Cermak
The 42nd Annual Turtle and Tortoise Show was held on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at our new venue—the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak.

Awarded for outstanding husbandry, Anthony Pierlioni (pictured left) displays Best-in-Show trophy and his winning turtles, assisted by Show Judge Patrice Whittington. The winning group of turtles included an IndoChinese box turtle (Cuora galbrinifrons), a spider tortoise (Pyxis arachnoides), and a Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle (Geoemyda japonica).

Barbara Daddario (left) introduces Show Judge Patrice Whittington. Photo by Tony Monahan

NYTTS thanks Dr. Patrice Whittington (pictured right with Barbara Daddario) for judging our show this year. She is a veterinarian working for the Animal Hospital at Bide­awee and several private practices in the Westchester and Fairfield Counties.

Judging — Awarding of ribbons is based not only on the quality of the animal (configuration and form, uniqueness, and rarity of species) but also upon ownership responsibil­ity (length of ownership, general health and physical con­dition, and apparent quality of husbandry). Significant credit is also given when animals have been successfully bred in captivity. When it becomes apparent more than one animal in a person’s collection has benefited from high quality of husbandry, the group (a breeding pair and offspring, or long-term captives in good health) is recognized accordingly. These are designated as “breeding groups” or “husbandry groups” below.

Turtle Names

     The common names of turtles and tortoises vary widely by country and region. To maintain consistency, John Iverson’s scheme of common names (A Revised Checklist with Distribution Maps of the Turtles of the World) has been followed. Therefore, a number of familiar names many of us use informally may have been partly altered or replaced. See the following informal common names and the equivalent Iverson common names below:

Burmese brown tortoise (Manouria emys) = Asian brown tortoise
Chinese box turtle (Cuora flavomarginata) = Yellow-margined box turtle
Greek tortoise (Testudo graeca) = Spur-thighed tortoise
Russian tortoise (Testudo horsfieldii) = Central Asian tortoise
Sulcata (Centrochelys sulcata) = African spurred tortoise

Group photos by Tony Monahan

First Place — Blue Ribbon Winners

Brian and Alex Blecher — Pancake tortoise (Malocochersus tornieri)
Brian and Alex Blecher — Central American wood turtle (Rhinoclemmys pulcherimma manni)
Benjamin Klne — Yellow pond turtle (Mauremys mutica)
Kay Martin — Red-cheeked mud turtle (Kinosternon scorpioides cruentatum)
Diane Petrillo — Husbandry group: 4 Home’s hinge-back tortoises (Kinixys homeana)
Larry Smith — Leopard tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis)
Terry Troia — African spurred tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata)
Gary Weiler — Husbandry group: 3 red-footed tortoises (Chelonoidis carbonaria)

Second Place — Red Ribbon Winners

Brenda Angelilli — Yellow-margined box turtle (Cuora flavomarginata)
Carlos Gazzilo — Leopard tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis)
Aimee Rosen — Yellow-margined box turtle (Cuora flavomarginata)
Bob Seaver — Husbandry group: 2 yellow-margined box turtles (Cuora flavomarginata)
Frank Schneider — Husbandry group: 1 alligator snapping turtle (Macroclemmys temminckii), 1 Central Asian tortoise (Agrionemys horsfieldii,1 leopard tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis, and 1 eastern box turtle (Terrapene c. carolina)
Barbara Torres — Husbandry group: 2 red-footed tortoises (Chelonoidis carbonaria)
Lee Tucker — Red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
Andrew Watz — Husbandry group: 2 eastern box turtles (Terrapene c. carolina)

Third Place — White Ribbon Winners

Lesley Brunelle and John McQuilan — Red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
Lauren Cho — Husbandry group: 2 yellow-mar­gined box turtles (Cuora flavomarginata)
Milton Joseph — Red-footed tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria)
Allen Karen — Husbandry group: 2 Central Asian tortoises (Agrionemys horsfieldii) and 1 red-footed tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria)
Susan Kretchko— Husbandry group: 1 Hermann’s tortoise (Testudo hermanni), 1 red-footed tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria), and 1 Cen­tral Asian tortoise (Agrionemys horsfieldii)
Kay Martin — 3 red-footed tortoises (Chelonoidis carbonaria)
Mari and Tony Monahan — 1 Central Asian tortoise (Agrionemys horsfieldii) and 1 leopard tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis)
Andrea Ramsey — 2 red-footed tortoises (Chelonoidis carbonaria)

NYTTS gratefully acknowledges That Pet Place and Unco Industries, Inc.–Vermiculture, for their ongoing donations of gift certificates and turtle and tortoise care supplies, made available at our Annual Turtle and Tortoise Shows.

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