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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.
TAKING FROM THE WILD
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