SC Coastal Animal Rescue and Educational Sanctuary is a no-kill, no-breed sanctuary for unwanted, abused, and neglected exotic animals. Located in Georgetown, SC, SC-CARES operates a wildlife rehabilitation center, develops educational outreach programs and provides a compassionate environment where animals are treated with love and respect, receive proper care and given a good quality of life.

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8/27/2012

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8/11/2012

Wolf Pack Gets A New Den
7/1/2012

Wolves Howling
6/18/2012

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10/13/2009

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6/8/2009

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2006

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Meet the Reptiles

Click on the Common Name for the Wikipedia detailed information about each animal.

Sully

Common: Kingsnake
Native to: Florida
Diet: rats
Sex: Male
Age: 8
Personality: Sully is a wonderful snake..at first he was a bit scary- rattling his tail (as if he had a rattler) & attempting to strike..but now has become used to us humans and allows everyone to hold him & talk with him. What a beautiful, wonderful creature!
Background: Sully was initially a babysitting project for a young man who needed to travel for several months..as time passed-& the man came back-he realized he no longer thought he could care for Sully & started to find someone else to take him- we offered to let him live here-after all we had become very fond of this little guy and formed bonds- so hes now part of the SC CARES family as of 2012

Godzuki

Common: Green Iguana
Native to: South America
Diet: Vegetation, fruits
Sex: Male
Age: 20
Personality: Update-12/2014 Godzuki is such a sweet boy- he does not like to be held but does enjoy getting pets from his favorite humans. He is getting up in age & seems to consistently have problems with his mouth- we continue to treat him with meds- hopefully he will heal.
Background: Flash and Godzuki came to us from a breeder because they were not producing fertile eggs. Update-12/2014 Flash left us in 2011.

Monte

Common: Ball Python
Native to: Africa
Diet: Small mammals
Sex: Male
Age: 19
Personality: Monte is one of the calmest snakes you may ever meet. He is slow moving, which helps a lot of people be calmer around him. He has been a great ambassador for lots of people who had that deep seated fear of snakes. They have been able to touch him and find that he is actually warm and soft, not cold, wet and slimy. Not that it is the same as snakes in the wild but he has helped a lot of people get over their nightmares. Thank you Monte
Background: Monte was rescued by the Winston-Salem group and came to us from them.
Foster Parents: Catherine Chatillon

Babe

Common: Russian Tortoise
Native to: Russia
Diet: grasses and greens
Sex: Female
Age: 26
Personality: Babe is very independant. When shes being carried from her in aquarium to her outside playpen- she must be held with two hands (although she would fit in one) shes just that active. In her outside area, shes already dug a burrow which she likes to lay in- normally head first, so when I happened to see her face out I had to get this picture.
Background: Babe came to us from a classroom in Charleston. The teacher had Babe from a hatchling and for 16 years each of her classes learned about Russian Tortoises. This teacher felt that Babe would be happier here with an outside area because she was unable to provide that for her in the classroom setting. She does seem to enjoy her digging.
Comment: Babe is full grown and has a lifespan of 100 years !!

Izzy

Common: Russian Tortoise
Native to: Russia
Diet: grasses & greens
Sex: Female
Age: 12
Personality: Izzy is living outside with Babe & the small sulcatas..she is still a bit shy but seems to be coming around- hopefully she is happy-enjoying the sunshine and playing in the water.
Background: Izzy came to us from a young woman who recently left for college and felt Izzy would be happier here with the other tortoises.
Foster Parents: Della,Richard & Dolly Coulter (Given by: Sarah , Alicia Garland

Pickels(Tiny)

Common: Russian Tortoise
Native to: Russia
Diet: grasses & greens
Sex: Male
Age: 6
Personality: Pickels is a very tiny creature...we separate him from the group to ensure he has a chance to eat. Were keeping an eye on his weight and hopefully he will continue to grow and develop. We are trying to convert him from the commercial pellet food to the grasses and greens- wish us luck!
Background: Pickels came to SC CARES in Aug 2016 from a family in NC who took him in from someone else, after being purchased at a pet store!!! Poor fella...he is supposed to be 4-5 years old but we are concerned that if that is the case, he is definitely stunted in his growth.

Flip

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: vegetation & grasses
Sex: Male
Age: 11
Personality: Flip is such a cute little tortoise. He is so much smaller than the rest of the tortoise family so he hangs out with Babe (Russian tortoise). Theyre both carried out each day to their playpen so they can enjoy the sun & then taken back into the hut in the evening so that they remain safe.
Background: Flip came to SC CARES in March of 2010 from a family in Columbia, SC. As most of the tortoises here, they were purchases from pet stores who neglect to inform buyers of the size & longevity- leaving families looking for other alternatives based on housing for their wonderful reptiles.

Hunter

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: vegetation & grasses
Sex: Male
Age: 13
Personality: Hunter appears to be an outgoing boy..he has challenged many of the other tortoises so we have to keep an eye on them to make sure no one gets flipped..Hunter currently lives in the communal area with eight others about the same size. In the next 5 years their permanent compounds will have to be constructed.
Background: Hunter came to us from a family in Charleston who found him trying to cross a downtown street. They kept him for 2 weeks trying diligently to find out who he might have lived with. No success in their search, they called us to see if he could become part of the SC CARES tortoise family.

Rover

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: grasses & greens
Sex: Male
Age: 11
Personality: Rover is a rowdy boy. It is my belief that he must have been an only child prior to his arrival here. Rover is getting along with 3 of our other torts but continues to display his dominance. He is a very social boy who was definitely spoiled in his foster home prior to coming to us. Rover is for sure a leader and as outgoing and adventurous as we have seen yet!
Background: Rover was found in Murrells Inlet, luckily by a very caring,wonderful lady who loved him from the moment they met. Every attempt was made to locate his previous owners but to no avail so after much contemplation his rescuer decided his life might be better here with other tortoises.
Comment: His age is a guess based on his size.
Foster Parents: Joanne Chiavacci

Speedy

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: vegetation & grasses
Sex: Male
Age: 18
Personality: Speedy is a shy boy but seems to be adjusting to his new home. He met his new neighbor, Victorious, and they look like to people standing up at a fence together chatting..I imagine that is not actually their conversation, being that they are both boys...Speedy & Victorious are both about the same size- our two largest tortoises (for the moment) as they reach maturity at 15 years of age..
Background: Speedy came to us in October 2010 from a woman who cared very much about him but due to her physical limitations could no longer care for him. Speedy is probably 70+ lbs. currently and she was unable to pick him up to get him outside.

Tortellini

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: Vegetation
Sex: Female
Age: 16
Personality: Tortellini is a shy girl.
Background: Tortellini was found in Columbia, South Carolina by an individual. Thinking this may be Victoria, they called us. Shortly after she arrived at SC-CARES, Tortellini’s owner called. She had escaped from her enclosure. Arrangements were made to return her to Columbia. A few days later he called back explaining that because he traveled often, leaving Tortellini and her brother Torty in the care of others, perhaps they would be happier with us. Both have been at SC-CARES since April 2009.
Comment: Gender is uncertain. Because there is little difference between young male and female Sulcata, sexing is very difficult.

Tortellini II

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: Grasses & greens
Sex: Male
Age: 14
Personality: Tortellini II is a very active creature- he is usually the first one out of the house during the day to get his sunlight. Tortellini lives in the communal compound currently with 5 other torts.
Background: Tortellini came to us from a gentleman in Charleston, whose life situation had changed. He no longer had an adequate outdoor area for Tortellini to roam & felt the tortoise would be better here.
Comment: His nickname is Toto...

Torty

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: Vegetation
Sex: Male
Age: 16
Personality: Torty is pretty outgoing. He will not be the first sulcata to greet you but give him time and he will come say hello.
Background: Torty came to us in April 2009 shortly after his sister, Tortellini, was brought to us.
Comment: Gender is uncertain. Because there is little difference between young male and female Sulcata, sexing is very difficult.

Victoria- aka-

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: Vegetation
Sex: Male
Age: 19
Personality: May-2009: Since Victorias recent disappearance & reappearing- we have discovered that she is actually a "he". Determining gender in these reptiles is not easy, but once Victoria returned & interacted with the new tortoise residents- we knew exactly what his gender was. We are just thrilled hes back regardless what gender.
Background: Victoria came to us from a pet store as a hatchling. In North Carolina it is illegal to sell tortoises and turtles, so when this black market breeder could not find a buyer, he ask us to take him.
Comment: Victorious will be 36" in diameter; weigh 150 lbs and hopefully live for 120 years. Because he outgrew his home in the hut, he was moved to his new outside compound the summer of 2008. He is really enjoying his new home. Hopefully the natural sunlight will help with the pyramiding he has.


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