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

     calendar year.

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

     reptile species.
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

NATIVE SPECIES

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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.

COMMERCIAL

TAKING FROM THE WILD

POSSESSION