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Ohio

1.  A Commercial Propagating License is required for people wishing to sell, offer for sale, trade, or barter native reptiles which have been

     captively produced, legally obtained from out of state, or are the offspring of wild-captured animals. With this license, the license holder

     may possess for sale, trade or barter an unlimited number of reptiles and amphibians that are captively produced or legally obtained, with

     proper documentation.
2.  It shall be unlawful to buy, sell, barter or trade any reptile or amphibian taken from the wild in Ohio except snapping turtles and softshell

     turtles

1.  A fishing license is required to take turtles from Ohio waters.
2.  Only snapping and softshell turtles may be legally taken. Snapping turtles and softshell turtles must have a straight-line carapace length

     of 13 inches or greater to be taken and there is no daily limit.
3.  Turtle season is open July 1 through April 30.
4.  Turtles may not be taken by shooting with a gun or crossbow, or by use of a spring or steel trap except snapping turtles and softshell

     turtles may be taken with standard archery equipment.

1.  It shall be unlawful to buy, sell, barter or trade any reptile or amphibian taken from the wild in Ohio except snapping turtles and softshell

     turtles
2.  A Noncommercial Propagating License is required for people who permanently possess native reptiles but do not intend to sell, offer for

     sale, trade or barter animals. The license holder may possess an unlimited number of reptiles of which only four total individuals of each

     reptile or amphibian have been taken from the wild.
3.  It is unlawful to release into the wild any reptile that is captive bred, obtained from outside the state, held in captivity for more than 30

     days or held with other animals.
4.  Ohio regulations do not appear to regulate non-native turtle species other than to forbid their release into the wild.
5.  It shall be unlawful for an Ohio resident to take or possess more than 4 total individuals of each species of collectable reptiles (Snappers

     and Softshells) from the wild in Ohio.

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SUMMARY OF OHIO TURTLE LAWS

Midland Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta marginata
Midland Smooth Softshell
Apalone mutica mutica
Ouachita Map Turtle
Graptemys ouachitensis ouachitensis
Red-eared Slider
Trachemys scripta elegans
Spotted Turtle
Clemmys guttata
Wood Turtle
Glyptemys insculpta

Blanding’s Turtle Emydoidea blandingii
Common Map Turtle
Graptemys geographica
Common Musk Turtle (Stinkpot)
Sternotherus odoratus
Common Snapping Turtle
Chelydra serpentina serpentina
Eastern Box Turtle
Terrapene carolina carolina
Eastern Spiny Softshell
Apalone spinifera spinifera

NATIVE SPECIES