Reptiles are cold-blooded vertebrates with dry skin thats covered with scales or bony plates. 
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Conserving the Gopher Tortoise
Conserving the Gopher Tortoise


High school Biology students will understand the ecological importance of turtles and tortoises, focusing on the gopher tortoise as a keystone species in the sandhills ecosystem of South Carolina...

Gopher Tortoise Trivia Quiz | What's Wild
Gopher Tortoise Trivia Quiz | What's Wild


The season two premiere of What's Wild looked at a keystone species found in South Carolina’s sandhills. The gopher tortoise has one of the dirtiest jobs. If you caught this episode, come out of your...
Gopher Tortoise | What's Wild


Getting their name from their burrowing behavior, gopher tortoises play a vital role as a keystone species in the sandhills ecosystem they call home. It’s here that we will see why these creatures...
Terrapin | The Salt Marsh


The upper surface of the terrapin's shell, called the carapace, is formed of 13 plates, or scutes. Each scute is roughly circular and grooved with rings. Since one ring is formed each year, the age of...
Alligators | The Salt Marsh
Alligators | The Salt Marsh


Alligators are not normally found in brackish or salt water, although they do occasionally swim there. They much prefer freshwater and must return to it to drink. They can reach 19 feet in length, but...
Brodie, Laura | South Carolina Public Radio


"B" is for Brodie, Laura (1908-2004). Herpetologist. Born on a farm in Lexington County, Brodie began collecting snakes and frogs as a young child. By her teens she had converted an outbuilding into...