1100 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Sessions: 2 year (odd-even)
Convenes: Jan (2nd Tue)
Adjourns: Jun (1st Tue)
During Session: 5 days except Sun
After Session: 2 days after next
Pocket Veto: No
South Carolina Constitution Art 4 Sec 21
SC Code of Laws Tit 2 Ch 7 Art 1 Sec 10
NEW: Effective 1/1/2018, bans the possession, sale, import and breeding of large wild cats (lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, cheetah, snow leopards, and clouded leopard), non-native bears and great apes. It also revises the public contact to make it default to the Animal Welfare Act Handling of Animals.
(H 3531 – 5/11/17)
No carnivores not normally domesticated, including hybrids, may be sold as pets. USDA licensed publicly owned zoos and dealers licensed on the effective date are exempt, but they may not sell to pet owners, and public displays must prevent public contact. Ferrets are exempt but sellers must display a special sign and give a copy to buyers. (South Carolina Code 47-5-20, 47-5-50)
Possession and importation of wolves requires a permit (South Carolina Code 50-11-1765).
The Captive Alligator Propagation Act requires $100 annual permit for propagation of American alligators for commercial purposes which authorizes purchasing live alligators and eggs, selling to other propagators or outside the state, selling alligator products and exhibition. (S 714/Act 159/South Carolina Code 50-15, 4/14/2014)
Other Herp: Spotted turtles require a Spotted Turtle Permit, but adult spotted turtles may not be sold and only 9 adults may be wild caught. BANS Southern hognose snakes and sea turtles except for research and education under a permit.
(SC Code Regulations Ch. 123 Art. 5 123-151.1, 123-150.1, 123-153, 123-151.2)
BANS importation of coyotes and foxes except for exhibition (South Carolina Code 50-11-2640). The importation of furbearers (red and gray foxes, raccoons, opossums, muskrats, minks, skunks, otters, bobcats, weasels, and beavers), Cervidaes, nondomestic pigs, peccaries, Bovidaes, coyotes, bears, turkeys and non native marine or estuarine or freshwater fish, crustacean, mollusk, or other marine invertebrate requires a permit except for exhibition by state wildlife departments, municipal zoos or parks, public museums, public zoological parks, public scientific or educational institutions, and transient circuses. Certain birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians imported as pets are also exempt. (South Carolina Code 50-16)