If you have any questions about the wildlife of Charleston, you can contact the South Carolina Wildlife Commission, sometimes called the South Carolina Fish & Wildlife Agency. South Carolina game wardens address many wildlife management matters, from hunting licenses, to poaching, endangered species, and Charleston wildlife management. They deal with wild animals outside the range of a pest control company, such as cougars or bears. If you have a problem with nuisance wildlife in Charleston like squirrels, snakes, bats, or raccoons, the state agency is very unlikely to help. You need to hire a private company (here are their prices) such as Metro Wildlife and Pest Control at 843-252-0150.
South Carolina State bird: Carolina wren, wild turkey
State mammal: White-tailed deer
State reptile: Loggerhead sea turtle
State amphibian: Spotted salamander
State fish: Striped bass
State insect: Carolina mantis
South Carolina is a coastal state, and like most other coastal states, it has marine animals and terrestrial animals in a good variety. Much of the state is sandy. The coast plain, of course, is very flat and has the vegetation characteristic of coarse soil. Further inland, however, there is still sand; dunes from what used to be the coast millions of years ago rise up in the middle of the state. Forests and fields are ample, and a small corner of the region contains peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. South Carolina is typically hot and humid, but the winter can be quite cool and snow is occasionally seen.
South Carolina, with its fairly consistent temperatures, is home to many different reptiles, including the alligator. Other reptiles of note are the various venomous snakes in the region. South Carolina has copperhead snakes, cottonmouth snakes, coral snakes, and several species of rattlesnakes. These serpents are found in all regions of the state, though they are not as common on the coastal plain.
The state has many large predators including red wolves, grey wolves, and mountain lions. Coyotes are common statewide, and black bear are also widely distributed around South Carolina. With the large predators are also the common nuisance animals found around the country. South Carolina has rats, a huge selection of mouse species, armadillos, bats, skunks, raccoons, and squirrels.
Being a coastal state, South Carolina has marine animals like whales, dolphins, and porpoises, frequently spotted in the waters off the coast. Many of these animals are present year-round, and invite a slew of tourists to come and visit the sandy beaches. Tourists generally mean free food for seagulls, the most common nuisance animal for people on the shore.
At one time, many years ago, South Carolina had native bison. The large grazers have all but vanished from the East Coast, and most of the herds present are privately owned. Wild bison are still found in the Great Plains, but their numbers are significantly reduced from what they were hundreds of years ago. Elk were also once native to South Carolina. Deforestation and heavy influx of people drove the animals out of the state years ago. Now, white-tailed deer are the predominant grazing animal in the wild.
To report a dead animal on the road, an injured bird, a lost baby squirrel, a dangerous bear, or anything like that, call animal services at (843) 554-4700
If they can't help, call the South Carolina Wildlife Commission at (843) 554-4700. You can also call your local sheriff department at (843) 554-4700 - they often deal with public wildlife issues.
We are experts with all kinds of SC wildlife and are familiar with the wild animals native to Charleston. If you need Charleston pigeon control, geese or other bird removal, we can help. We are experts with skunks and
skunk problems, digging animals such as moles, armadillos, & groundhogs, and we offer South Carolina beaver control and removal. Metro Wildlife and Pest Control also provides dead animal removal services. 843-252-0150
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Bats may be a traditional Halloween decoration, but Charleston residents who encounter the winged creatures should limit their contact to those animals made of rubber. South Carolina has an abundance of wildlife, and Charleston is no exception.
According to Charleston Animal Services, five bats have come back positive for rabies in Charleston County since May. Three of the animals were found in the past month. Although several species of wildlife roam Charleston, only a few, such as raccoons and squirrels and rats are considered pest wildlife.
Members of the Hub City community should not dismiss contact with a bat as insignificant, said Charles Barton, physician in the Covenant Medical Center emergency room. South Carolina has many reptiles, and it's important to be able to identify Charleston snake species and mammals.
Bats who come out in the middle of the day, approach humans or appear ill should be avoided and immediately reported. "If you find a bat in your yard, do not touch the animal," he said. "It would be a mistake to pick up or touch the bat." Remember to treat the wild animals of Charleston, South Carolina, with respect and care.
If you have a Charleston wildlife problem and need help, call Metro Wildlife and Pest Control at 843-252-0150. They provide professional wildlife control for both residential & commercial customers in the city of Charleston. They offer custom Charleston wildlife control solutions for almost any type of wildlife problem, whether it be the noises of squirrels running through the attic, a colony of bats living in a building, or the destructive behavior of a raccoon, they have the experience and the tools to quickly and professionally solve your wild animal problem in Charleston County in South Carolina. Check their prices, and for a consultation, give them a call at 843-252-0150
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You're still reading this page? We do not operate Charleston wildlife rescue, or a Charleston zoo or nature center, or Charleston wildlife sanctuary or refuge for volunteers. We are a privately owned nuisance wildlife removal service company. If you need a pro in Charleston to solve your problem for you, call Metro Wildlife and Pest Control: 843-252-0150 and they can help you with your Charleston wildlife problem.