Turtles in South Carolina

TurtlesTurtles are unique reptiles, having boney or cartilaginous shells covering their bodies. The turtle’s shell is developed from its ribs, and grows with the turtle over its lifetime. In some turtles growth rings can be seen on the scutes (scales) covering the shell. Turtles are found in a wide variety of habitats in South Carolina including the ocean, freshwater lakes and rivers, dry sandhills, and forests.

University of Georgia, SREL

Information on sea turtles

Additional resources for turtles

Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy

Will Dillman - SCDNR Herpetologist

Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries
PO Box 23205
Columbia, SC 29224
Phone: 803-734-3886
Fax: 803-734-6020

E-mail: dillmanj@dnr.sc.gov

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