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

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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: 7
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

Lizy

Common: Bearded Dragon
Native to: Australlia
Diet: insects, veggies
Sex: Female
Age: 13
Personality: Lizy is pretty laid back, probably due to her age-which is a guess..she seems to have a cataract in her right eye & a deformation to her mouth. So far she is eating and seems to be ok..
Background: Lizy was abandoned- left in an apartment that the person moved out of...the real estate people called us about taking her since there was no one to care for her- we made room that we really did not have. Poor baby...the way we know her name is because the caregiver left a spray bottle with "Lizy" written on it. We have no idea how old she is, although with cataracts she is probably up in age...bearded dragon most times live for 10 years- if conditions are good for them.

Godzuki

Common: Green Iguana
Native to: South America
Diet: Vegetation, fruits
Sex: Male
Age: 19
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: 18
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

Jazzie

Common: Burmese Python
Native to: Southeast Asia
Diet: rodents
Sex: Male
Age: 9
Personality: Jazzie is still too new to SC CARES for us to judge his personality plus the baggage he comes with is going to be something for him to overcome. Jazzie is 6 ft. long now but still a baby- potentially 15-20 ft. with a lifespan of 30 years.***update 12/10*** Jazzie has been with us a year now & we have seen remarkable improvement in the way he feels toward us..we no longer have to bag him to clean his enclosure. As long as I move slowly & speak softly,he will let me clean his enclosure without even hissing at me. He is no longer hissing very often at all. I am so thankful he is realizing that we care for him & want him to be happy.
Background: I know there are those who would find it hard to have sympathy for a snake but if ever one did Jazzie is certainly deserving of it. At only 1&1/2 years old & SC CARES is his 4th home. Jazzie has been abused & mishandled so because of this has a bit of a temper, but honestly who could blame him. Humans have not been nice to him, he has scars from burns or abuse. These creatures can be abused just like any other animal. Our deepest thanks to our vet tech,Keith for keeping him the past three mos. & calming him down somewhat. We hope Jazzie will have a better life now thus improving his temperament.
Comment: For those concerned Jazzie resides in a locked enclosure.

Monti

Common: Red-footed Tortoise
Native to: Brazil
Diet: omnivores
Sex: Male
Age: 10
Personality: Monti seems to be the more outgoing of the two...Ruby & Monti are now living outside- they do seem to enjoy walking around in their area- eating grass & soaking up sunshine...
Background: Monti & Ruby came to us from a family going through difficult health issues & could no longer take care of them.

Ruby

Common: Red-Footed Tortoise
Native to: Brazil
Diet: omnivores
Sex: Female
Age: 10
Personality: Ruby & Monti are now living outside- they do seem to enjoy walking around in their area- eating grass & soaking up sunshine...
Background: Ruby came to us, with Monti, from a family experiencing difficult health issues and could not care for them.

Babe

Common: Russian Tortoise
Native to: Russia
Diet: grasses and greens
Sex: Female
Age: 25
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 !!

Buddy

Common: Russian tortoise
Native to: Russia
Diet: greens & grass
Sex: Male
Age: 10
Personality: Buddy came to us in June-2017 and was somewhat of a bully...he had never been around other tortoises and being a male was ready to either mate or do battle. We are now several months out and he has calmed down considerably! We had hoped that he would adjust with his new family of 3 other Russians and a smaller Sulcata.
Background: Buddy was a pet for 10 years sold at Petco and his human family felt that he would be better in an outside environment which they could not give him.

Izzy

Common: Russian Tortoise
Native to: Russia
Diet: grasses & greens
Sex: Female
Age: 11
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: 5
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.

Abbott

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: vegetation & grasses
Sex: Male
Age: 14
Personality: Abbott & his roommate Costello are adjusting to all of their new friends. They seem to fit in pretty well with the larger group of our tortoise family. Abbott is one of the late sleepers, so is not usually out of the bedroom til mid-morning but he seems to like being here.
Background: Abbott & Costello came to SC CARES in May of 2010- from a family in Ohio. They were concerned that it wasnt good for the tortoises to have to live in the basement more of the year than outside- because the weather in Ohio was colder for longer than it was hot. They felt theyd be happier here in a warmer climate.

Buddha

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: grasses & greens
Sex: Male
Age: 15
Personality: Buddha has a calm personality. We moved him in with our communal group of 7 and it only took about 3 days of dominance displaying and he had fit right in! Now all 8 of them reside together, sleep together, eat together. We will see in years to come if they can all stay together and be happy!
Background: Buddha was taken in from a cruelty investigator in Charleston in 2017. He had been abandoned and was found out in the wild, on his own. His age is a guess based on his size. Hopefully Buddha will be happy here at SC CARES!

Costello

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: vegetation & grasses
Sex: Male
Age: 14
Personality: Costello is definitely the more outgoing of the two. Hes an early riser & out grazing & walking around as soon as you open their door. He seem to have adjusted to life with his new roommates. He is a bit smaller of the two even though he & Abbott were purchased at the time & supposedly the same age. I guess like humans- we all come in different sizes!!
Background: Costello & Abbott came to SC CARES in May 2010- from a family in Ohio. Because of the climate in Ohio- they felt these guys would be better off here where they could stay outside more of the year.

Flip

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: vegetation & grasses
Sex: Male
Age: 10
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.

Freddie

Common: Sulcata tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: grasses and greens
Sex: Male
Age: 18
Personality: Freddie has really come out of his shell (not literally) When he arrived at SC CARES he was very withdrawn but now he will run (in his fashion) to greet visitors on tours. His health is not great but hopefully with the proper diet he will improve.
Background: Freddie was found in Pa. by a family that noticed a suspicious man telling them he was releasing a snapping turtle near their property. Needless to say if Freddie is what he was releasing- its not a snapper. This family contacted SC CARES (finding us through media coverage on Victorious disappearance) and two of the family member left late one evening to drive this tortoise from Pennsylvania to South Carolina. They were wonderful people to to care so much !!
Comment: The pyramiding in the shell is extremely bad for this poor tortoise- he apparently has not had a very good diet- his shell is the wost we have seen here.We hope with a good diet his shell will improve before he reaches full maturity.

Hunter

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: vegetation & grasses
Sex: Male
Age: 12
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.

Itty Bit

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: grasses & greens
Sex: Female
Age: 14
Personality: Itty Bit arrived from Ohio and was quite the shy one..currently she is residing with the little ones and seems to be best buddies with Babe- the little Russian tortoise...whose only a fraction of her size...due to unseen health issues- Itty Bit practically lived at the vet office and became pretty close to some of the vet techs there...the blockage she had seems to finally be cleared..we are all thankful for that..I do not know that I have ever been so happy to see "poop"
Background: Itty Bit came from a family in Ohio who really loved her and wanted what was best for her...the winters are so cold and last for such a long time that Itty Bit did not get to live in her outdoor quarters very long. The family made a decision to place her here...we hope that as she continues to gain strength she might possibly reside with one of our bachelors- giving the two companionship...
Comment: As to breeding- no worries- if there are eggs laid we can keep them from hatching...we can not create more babies...

Max

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: vegetation & grasses
Sex: Male
Age: 9
Personality: Max is a little more outgoing than Zelda..hopefully he and Flip will become friends..at least for the next several years..until their hormones start raging!!
Background: Zelda & Max came to us from a couple in Columbia..they had purchased them at pet store in Fla. & were unaware of the size & longevity of this particular animal. The pet stores should at the very least inform people of what they are committing to- best case scenario is not to sell them at all!!!
Comment: Calling Max a male is a guess...we will not know for sure for years to come...

Rover

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: grasses & greens
Sex: Male
Age: 10
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

Sahara

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: Vegetation
Sex: Male
Age: 18
Personality: Sahara is quite a rowdy boy. Because there is little visible difference between young male and female Sulcata, sexing is very difficult. Let’s just say there is no doubt when it comes to Sahara’s gender. He has made several “friends” since he has been here.
Background: Sahara came to us June 5, 2009 from a Virginia family who raised him from a hatchling. Seeing his need for more space and the company of other tortoises they thought he would be happier here.
Foster Parents: Daniela Ramirez

Santa

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: grasses & greens
Sex: Male
Age: 25
Personality: Santa is a very big boy but still a little shy...he just moved into his new grassy area and seems to be very content! He already knows where his house is and that he should go inside at nightfall...Santa is our oldest and largest tortoise at SC CARES- hopefully hell be happy and eventually enjoy his life!
Background: Santa came to SC CARES in 2017 from a cruelty investigator in Charleston. Santa was in a house fire and has the scars to prove it. His shell is slightly smeared from being burned but he seems to have healed and luckily doesnt seem to suffer from smoke inhalation. Were guessing at his age but because of his size and weight-100lbs + he has to be at least 25 yrs old as of 2017.

Sebastian

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: Grasses & greens
Sex: Male
Age: 13
Personality: Sebastian is full of personality..currently residing in the communal group of 10..
Background: Sebastian came to us from a family in NC who are in the service and live on a base. Sebastian had outgrown his current living quarters and the family felt he would be happier here with more room & other torts to engage with.
Foster Parents: James Stafford

Speedy

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: vegetation & grasses
Sex: Male
Age: 17
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: 15
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: 13
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: 15
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.

Venus

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: vegetation & grasses
Sex: Female
Age: 14
Personality: Venus is a very affectionate tortoise and is doing well with our group.
Background: Venus came to us named "Bones" We rarely change any name but we thought Venus fit her better. She was surrendered from a family in Columbia.

Victor

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: Vegetation
Sex: Male
Age: 14
Personality: Victor has a wonderful personality. If someone sits in his compound, he will come right to you- waiting to be loved on. He really likes people.
Background: As you are probably aware, Victoria, our much loved seven year old tortoise was stolen from the sanctuary in February. When news of this despicable act spread, the Charleston animal shelter called. A male tortoise rescued by them after being found wondering in a North Charleston neighborhood had not been claimed and they asked if we would take him. We are more than happy to give him a good home. Estimates of his age range from two to four years. Like Victorious, Victor should be 36 in diameter and reach 125-150 lbs. and live for 125 years.
Comment: Update 12/2014 Victor is definitely a male.

Victoria- aka-

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: Vegetation
Sex: Male
Age: 18
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.

Zelda

Common: Sulcata Tortoise
Native to: Africa
Diet: vegetation & grasses
Sex: Female
Age: 8
Personality: What a shy little creature...we have to separate this tortoise from the other two small ones- just so she will eat......Zelda, Max & Flip are all about the same size- so we have decided to give them their space (with a heated house) outside together...as of 2011 theyre all getting along great!!
Background: Zelda & Max came to us from a couple in Columbia..they had purchased them at pet store in Fla. & were unaware of the size & longevity of this particular animal. The pet stores should at the very least inform people of what they are committing to- best case scenario is not to sell them at all!!!
Comment: Calling Zelda a she is a guess...we really will not know for years to come...
Foster Parents: Zelda Nichols


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