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South Carolina State Reptile:

Loggerhead sea turtle hatchling - click to see all state reptiles
Loggerhead sea turtle hatchling - public domain photo on USFWS Digital Library.
See All State Reptiles & Amphibians.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

See sea turtle video below

South Carolina designated the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) as the official state reptile in 1988. Loggerhead sea turtles are listed as threatened with extinction, partially due to destruction of their nesting habitats. They make an extended migration between their feeding grounds and rookeries, and South Carolina has some of the most pristine nesting areas for loggerhead sea turtles on the eastern coast.

Loggerhead sea turtle - click to see all state reptiles
Adult loggerhead sea turtle; photo by Dan Bodenstein on Flickr
(noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works). See All State Reptiles.
Source:
The State Reptile: South Carolina Legislature
Links:
All State Reptiles & Amphibians


    

 

South Carolina Symbols & Icons:

animal - dog
bird - game bird 
amphibian -fish
reptile - butterfly
insect - spider
flower - grass
tree -wildflower 
shell
gem - stone
fruit - garden
beverage 1 - 2

flag - pledge
seal - motto - quarter
name-nickname
language - poet
folk art - dance
folk dance
song 1 - song 2 - waltz
opera - popular music
academy-center
hall - museum
tapestry - tartan
 

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