Loggerhead Sea Turtle

South Carolina State Reptile

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Loggerhead sea turtle hatchling

Loggerhead sea turtle hatchling; photo by USFWS Endangered Species on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

South Carolina designated the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) as the official state reptile in 1988 after a request made by a fifth grade class.

Loggerheads 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 east coast of the United States.

Loggerhead sea turtles are federally listed as threatened with extinction, partially due to destruction of their nesting habitats. They are an ancient and mysterious animal that can reach over 200 pounds.

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Images

Rescued loggerhead sea turtle; photo by Dan Bodenstein on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Loggerhead sea turtle

Captive loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta); photo by Brian Gratwicke on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Captive loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta)

Loggerhead sea turtle; photo by rosepetal236 on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Loggerhead sea turtle

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