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Georgia

1.  It is unlawful for any person to possess more than ten (10) native fresh-water turtles without a valid commercial turtle permit
2.  Any person holding a valid commercial turtle permit may acquire live native fresh-water turtles from any source or direct trapping,

     provided that such turtles have been lawfully taken

3.  Any person possessing a commercial turtle permit may not take the following species in numbers greater than the respective limit on an

     annual basis:
       
Apalone ferox FloridaSoftshell Turtle 100
       
Apalone spinifera Spiny Softshell Turtle 100
       
Chelydra serpentina Common Snapping Turtle 300
       
Chrysemys picta Painted Turtle 300
       
Kinosternon baurii Striped Mud Turtle 300
       
Kinosternon subrubrum Eastern Mud Turtle 300
       
Pseudemys concinna River Cooter 100
       
Sternotherus minor Loggerhead Musk Turtle 300
       
Sternotherus odoratus Common Musk Turtle 300
       
Trachemys scripta Pond Slider 1,000

1.  There is no closed season for the harvest of freshwater turtles
2.  Harvesting turtles from private land, State Parks and Historic Sites or Wildlife Management Areas is prohibited without obtaining written

     permission or a special trapping permit

1.  It is unlawful for any person to possess more than ten (10) native fresh-water turtles without a valid commercial turtle permit. Nothing in

     this Chapter shall be construed to allow a person holding 10 or less turtles to engage in any commercial enterprise involving native fresh-

     water turtles.
2.  It is unlawful for any person to collect any native fresh-water turtle eggs from the wild.
3.  It is unlawful to import live native fresh-water turtles or the eggs of such from another state unless such turtles or eggs were lawfully

     acquired in accordance with the laws and regulations of that state. A permit is required if the turtles were wild caught. A record of each

     turtle (source, age category, species, sex if known) must be retained by person receiving. Georgia does not regulate non-native species.
4.  The following list of species native to Georgia may not be held as a pet regardless of its origin or morphology: Bog Turtle, Box Turtle

     (Eastern, Florida, Gulf Coast, Three-toed), Diamondback Terrapin, Gopher Tortoise, Map Turtle (Alabama, Barbour’s, Northern), Any Sea

     Turtle or Spotted Turtle

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SUMMARY OF GEORGIA TURTLE LAWS

Florida Cooter Pseudemys floridana floridana
Florida Redbelly Turtle
Pseudemys nelsoni
Florida Softshell
Apalone ferox
Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus
Gulf Coast Spiny Softshell
Apalone spinifera aspera
Hieroglyphic River Cooter
Pseudemys concinna hieroglyphica
Loggerhead Musk Turtle
Sternotherus minor minor
Midland Painted Turtle
Chrysemys picta marginata
Red-eared Slider
Trachemys scripta elegans
Spotted Turtle Clemmys guttata
Striped Mud Turtle Kinosternon baurii
Stripeneck Musk Turtle Sternotherus minor peltifer
Yellowbelly Slider
Trachemys scripta scripta

Alabama Map Turtle Graptemys pulchra
Alligator Snapping Turtle
Macroclemys temminckii
Barbour’s Map Turtle
Graptemys barbouri
Bog Turtle
Glyptemys muhlenbergii
Carolina Diamondback Terrapin
Malaclemys terrapin centrata
Common Map Turtle
Graptemys geographica
Common Musk Turtle (Stinkpot)
Sternotherus odoratus
Common Snapping Turtle
Chelydra serpentina serpentina
Eastern Box Turtle
Terrapene carolina carolina
Eastern Chicken Turtle
Deirochelys reticularia reticularia
Eastern Mud Turtle
Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum
Eastern Painted Turtle
Chrysemys picta picta
Eastern River Cooter
Pseudemys concinna concinna

NATIVE SPECIES