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Illinois

1.  It is unlawful to take, possess, buy, sell, offer to buy or sell, or barter any reptile, their eggs or parts taken from the wild in IL for

     commercial purposes

1.  It is unlawful to take, possess, buy, sell, offer to buy or sell, or barter any reptile, their eggs or parts taken from the wild in IL for

     commercial purposes
2.  Turtles, other than Common Snapping Turtles, may be taken only by hand
3.  A valid fishing license is required to take turtles.
4.  The daily catch limit for common snapping turtles is 2 with a possession limit of 4. The Possession limit is of all other indigenous species

     is 8 collectively with no more than 4 per taxa.
5.  Taking is prohibited in the LaRue-Pine Hills/Otter Pond Research Area in Union County
6.  Common snapping turtles may be taken only June 15 through October 15 only by hand, hook and line, or bow and arrow except in the

     following Illinois counties where bowfishing for common snapping turtles is not permitted: Randolph, Perry, Franklin, Hamilton, White,

     Gallatin, Saline, Williamson, Jackson, Union, Johnson, Pope, Hardin, Massac, Pulaski, and Alexander.

1.  Possession limit of legal native turtles is 8 (no more than 4 per taxa)
2.  CB offspring, not intended for commercial purposes, are exempt from the possession limit for 90 days
3.  It is unlawful to take, possess, transport, purchase, propogate, rehab more than 90 days or dispose of any Alligator Snapper (Macrochelys

     temminckii), Illinois Mud (Kinosternon flavescens), Spotted (Clemmys guttata), River Cooter (Pseudemys concinna) or Blandings

     (Emydoidea blandingii) without a permit even if legally acquired in another state.
4.  There are no state requirements for a person possessing exotic species not defined as "dangerous animals."

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SUMMARY OF ILLINOIS TURTLE LAWS

Midland Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta marginata
Midland Smooth Softshell Apalone mutica mutica
Mississippi Map Turtle Graptemys pseudogeographica kohnii
Mississippi Mud Turtle Kinosternon subrubrum hippocrepis
Ornate Box Turtle
Terrapene ornata ornata
Ouachita Map Turtle Graptemys ouachitensis ouachitensis
Red-eared Slider
Trachemys scripta elegans
Spotted Turtle
Clemmys guttata
Southern Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta dorsalis
Western Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta bellii

Alligator Snapping Turtle Macroclemys temminckii
Blanding’s Turtle
Emydoidea blandingii
Common Map Turtle
Graptemys geographica
Common Musk Turtle (Stinkpot) Sternotherus odoratus
Common Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina serpentina
Eastern Box Turtle
Terrapene carolina carolina
Eastern Mud Turtle
Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum
Eastern Spiny Softshell
Apalone spinifera spinifera
False Map Turtle
Graptemys pseudogeographica pseudogeographica
Hieroglyphic River Cooter
Pseudemys concinna hieroglyphica
Illinois Mud Turtle Kinosternon flavescens spooneri

NATIVE SPECIES