1. All turtles except Snappers, Muds and Musks are protected
2. Non-protected turtles (snappers, mud, and musk turtles) may be collected (trapped) and eaten if fewer than FOUR reptiles are collected
in a season. If 5 or more reptiles are to be trapped, a license must be obtained from the WRC. With permit individuals shall collect no
more than 10 turtles from the family Chelydridae (snapping turtles) per day and no more than 100 per calendar year. With permit:
Individuals shall collect no more than 10 turtles from the family Kinosternidae (mud and musk turtles) per day and no more than 100 per
1. It is unlawful to take or possess any endangered, threatened, or special concern species at any time. They are: Bog turtle (Glyptemys
muhlenbergii), Diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin), Eastern spiny softshell (Apalone spinifera spinifera), Stripeneck musk turtle
(Sternotherus minor peltifer), Spotted turtles and all Sea Turtles.
2. All the turtles in the families Emydidae and Trionychidae are protected from collection/possession/destruction (this includes all the NC
turtles except the common snapper, the two species of mud turtles, and the two species of musk turtles.)
3. No native turtles or terrapins shall be purchased or sold without a permit.
4. Possession permits are required for the possession, importation, transportation, purchase and sale of five or more individuals of native
5. No turtles, whether native or exotic, captive-bred or caught from the wild, should be released to the wild after time in captivity
6. There is no mention of non-native species in North Carolina regulations. It is therefore assumed they are unregulated with the exception
that they may not be released into the wild.
SUMMARY OF NORTH CAROLINA TURTLE LAWS
Eastern Spiny Softshell Apalone spinifera spinifera
Florida Cooter Pseudemys floridana floridana
Gulf Coast Spiny Softshell Apalone spinifera aspera
Northern Diamondback terrapin Malaclemys terrapin terrapin
Northern Redbelly Turtle Pseudemys rubriventris
Spotted Turtle Clemmys guttata
Striped Mud Turtle Kinosternon baurii
Stripeneck Musk Turtle Sternotherus minor peltifer
Yellowbelly Slider Trachemys scripta scripta
Bog Turtle Glyptemys muhlenbergii
Carolina Diamondback terrapin Malaclemys terrapin centrata
Common Musk Turtle (Stinkpot) Sternotherus odoratus
Common Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina serpentina
Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina carolina
Eastern Chicken Turtle Deirochelys reticularia
Eastern Mud Turtle Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum
Eastern Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta picta
Eastern River Cooter Pseudemys concinna concinna
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1. It is unlawful to engage in the commercial taking of any native turtle or terrapin species in the families Emydidae or Trionychidae.
Commercial taking is defined as the taking, possession, collection, transportation, purchase or sale of five or more individual turtles or
terrapins, or any part thereof, per person in any given year.
TAKING FROM THE WILD