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Minnesota

1.  A person may not take, possess, buy, or transport turtles for sale; sell turtles; or take turtles for sale using commercial equipment without

     a turtle seller's license. Except for renewals, no new turtle seller's licenses may be issued after August 1, 2002.

1.  An angling license is required to harvest turtles. A recreational turtle license, a turtle seller's license, or a turtle seller's apprentice

     license is required to use floating or submerged traps, turtle hooks, and other commercial fishing gear. Except for renewals, no turtle

     seller's licenses will be issued.
2.  Only the following species of turtles may be taken: western painted turtle (Chrysemys pica bellii), snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentine)

     and spiny softshell (Apalone spinifera).
3.  A person may not take snapping turtles of a size less than ten inches wide

1.  A person may not take, possess, or transport turtles without a resident angling license except when buying a turtle at a retail outlet or

     when buying turtles for resale at a retail outlet.
2.  A person may not possess more than three snapping turtles of the species Chelydra serpentina without a turtle seller's license.
3.  A person may not take, import, transport, or sell any portion of a Blandings Turtle or a Wood Turtle
4.  A person with an aquatic farm or private fish hatchery license listing turtles as approved species can obtain, possess, transport, propagate,

     and sell turtles and turtle eggs.
5.  It is unlawful to release non-native species into the wild
6.  The Red-eared Slider is considered an invasive species. While it is legal to possess, sell, buy, and transport them, they may not be

     introduced into a free-living state, such as being released in public waters.

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SUMMARY OF MINNESOTA TURTLE LAWS

Blanding's Turtle Emydoidea blandingii
Common Map Turtle
Graptemys geographica
Common Snapping Turtle
Chelydra serpentina serpentina
Eastern Spiny Softshell
Apalone spinifera spinifera
False Map Turtle
Graptemys pseudogeographica pseudogeographica
Midland Smooth Softshell
Apalone mutica mutica
Ouachita Map Turtle
Graptemys ouachitensis ouachitensis
Western Painted Turtle
Chrysemys picta bellii
Western Spiny Softshell
Apalone spinifera hartwegi
Wood Turtle
Glyptemys insculpta

NATIVE SPECIES