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Bill Number: 1006 Ratification Number: 675 Act Number 588 Introducing Body: Senate Subject: Loggerhead turtle (caretta caretta) as the official reptile of the state
(A588, R675, S1006)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 1-1-625 SO AS TO DESIGNATE THE LOGGERHEAD TURTLE (CARETTA CARETTA) AS THE OFFICIAL REPTILE OF THE STATE.
Whereas, loggerhead sea turtles are recognized as threatened specie and the destruction of their nesting habitat further threatens them with extinction; and
Whereas, sea turtles are an important part of the marine ecosystem; and
Whereas, sea turtles perform extended migrations between their feeding grounds and rookeries, and South Carolina is considered to have some of the most pristine nesting areas used for nesting of loggerhead sea turtles on the eastern coast; and
Whereas, the General Assembly recognizes that it is the responsibility of the State of South Carolina to preserver and protect our wildlife and natural resources. Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Loggerhead turtle - state reptile
SECTION 1. Article 9, Chapter 1, Title 1 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 1-1-625. The loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) is the official reptile of the State."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.