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Missouri

1.  Only Common Snappers and Softshells may be taken commercially with a commercial fishing license and from the Missouri, Mississippi and

     St. Francis Rivers only. There are no bag or possession limits.
2.  Class I Wildlife Breeder Permits allow the holder to exhibit, possess and propagate, buy and sell those animals defined as Class I wildlife.

     These include nonvenomous reptiles, and amphibians native to Missouri.
3.  Only the following species are allowed with a permit: River Cooter Pseudemys concinna, Red-eared Slider Trachemys scripta elegans,

     Smooth Softshell Apalone mutica, Spiny Softshell Apalone spinifera, Ornate Box Turtle Terrapene ornate, Alligator Snapping Turtle

     Macrochelys temminckii, Common Map Turtle Graptemys geographica, Common Musk (Stinkpot) Turtle, Sternotherus odoratus, Common

     Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentine, Mississippi Mud , Turtle Kinosternon subrubrum, Southern Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta dorsalis,

     Three-toed Box Turtle Terrapene carolina triunguis and Western Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta belli.

1.  A fishing license is required to take Common Snappers and Softshells from the wild. No license is required to take other unprotected

     species up to a comination limit of 5.
2.  Common snapping turtles and soft-shelled turtles may be taken by hand, hand net, bow, crossbow, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank

     line, jug line, snagging, snaring, grabbing, or pole and line. Shooting turtles with firearms is prohibited. There is no closed season for

     Snappers.  Softshells may only be taken Jul 1 – Dec 31. Daily limit is 5 each.
3.  Alligator Snappers are protected and may not be taken.
4.  A maximum of five (5) specimens of any native turtle except Western Chicken turtles, Blanding’s turtles, Illinois Mud turtles, Yellow Mud

     turtles, Alligator Snapping turtles, common Snapping and Soft-shelled turtles may be taken alive without a permit, but these animals

     shall not be bought or sold.

1.  It is unlawful to possess a Western Chicken turtle, Blanding’s turtle, Illinois Mud turtle or Yellow Mud turtle
2.  A maximum of five (5) combined specimens of any native turtles except Western Chicken turtles, Blanding’s turtles, Illinois Mud turtles,

     Yellow Mud turtles, Alligator Snapping turtles, common Snapping and Soft-shelled turtles may be possessed alive without a permit, but

     these animals shall not be bought or sold.
3.  More than the above 5 specimens requires a Class I Wildlife Breeder permit.
4.  Except for federally-designated endangered species, reptiles not native to Missouri may be bought, sold, possessed, transported and

     exhibited without permit.
5.  Endangered wildlife taken legally outside Missouri may be imported, transported or possessed, but may not be sold or purchased without

     written approval of the director.

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SUMMARY OF MISSOURI TURTLE LAWS

Missouri River Cooter Pseudemys concinna metteri
Ornate Box Turtle
Terrapene ornata ornata
Ouachita Map Turtle
Graptemys ouachitensis ouachitensis
Red-eared Slider
Chrysemys scripta elegans
Southern Painted Turtle
Chrysemys picta dorsalis
Three-toed Box Turtle
Terrapene carolina triunguis
Western Chicken Turtle
Deirochelys reticularia miaria
Western Painted Turtle
Chrysemys picta belli
Western Spiny Softshell
Apalone spinifera hartwegi
Yellow Mud Turtle
Kinosternon flavescens flavescens

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 Spiny Softshell
Apalone spinifera spinifera
False Map Turtle
Graptemys pseudogeographica pseudogeographica
Illinois Mud Turtle
Kinosternon flavescens spooneri
Midland Smooth Softshell
Apalone mutica mutica
Mississippi Map Turtle Graptemys pseudogeographica kohnii
Mississippi Mud Turtle
Kinosternon subrubrum hippocrepis

NATIVE SPECIES

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