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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
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
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
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.
TAKING FROM THE WILD
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