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1.  A fishing license is required to take unprotected aquatic turtles for personal use. They may not be sold. A hunting license is required to

     take Box Turtles
2.  The taking of the Western Chicken turtle, Common Map turtle and alligator snapping turtle is prohibited
3.  The daily bag and possession limits for each species is 6. There is no closed season for unprotected species.
4.  Turtles may be taken for personal use from all waters except the Wichita Mountains NWR is closed to turtle harvest
5.  All soft-shell turtles greater than 16 inches front to back must be returned to water immediately
6.  Shooting of turtles is prohibited in accordance with Federal Regulations

1.  Any person while in the act of taking or attempting to take reptiles or possessing reptiles must first possess a hunting license, unless

     otherwise exempt, for land-dwelling reptiles (Box Turtles) and a fishing license, unless otherwise exempt, for water-dwelling reptiles.
2.  Oklahoma law does not distinguish between native and non-native turtles. It refers to them only as land turtles or water turtles. It is

     therefore assumed imported non-native species fall under the same laws.
3.  Terrestrial (land) turtles may not be sold. No aquatic turtles may be sold or purchased without the proper commercial turtle harvester or

     buyer’s license.
4.  It is unlawful to collect, possess, sell or purchase in Oklahoma, the Alligator Snapping Turtle, the Western Chicken Turtle and the Common

     Map Turtle.
5.  Box turtles can be collected and possessed for personal use but all commercial trade is prohibited.
6.  Possession limit for any unprotected species is 6 per species


Pallid Spiny Softshell Apalone spinifera pallida
Razorback Musk
Sternotherus carinatus
Red-eared Slider
Trachemys scripta elegans
Southern Painted
Chrysemys picta dorsalis
Three-Toed Box
Terrapene carolina triunguis
Western Chicken Turtle
Deirochelys reticularia miaria
Western Painted
Chrysemys picta bellii
Western Spiny Softshell
Apalone spinifera hartwegi
Yellow Mud
Kinosternon flavescens flavescens

Alligator Snapping Turtle Macroclemys temminckii
Common Map Turtle
Graptemys geographica
Common Musk Turtle (Stinkpot)
Sternotherus odoratus
Common Snapping Turtle
Chelydra serpentina serpentina
Midland Smooth Softshell
Apalone mutica mutica
Mississippi Map Turtle
Graptemys pseudogeographica kohnii
Mississippi Mud
Kinosternon subrubrum hippocrepis
Missouri River Cooter
Pseudemys concinna metteri
Ornate Box
Terrapene ornata ornata
Ouachita Map Turtle
Graptemys ouachitensis ouachitensis


1.  A commercial turtle harvester license is required for legal water-dwelling turtles if the taking or possession is for commercial purposes.

     Note: Not all bodies of water are open for commercial harvest. Records are required.
2.  No person may buy, transport out of state or export aquatic turtles from Oklahoma without having applied for and received an aquatic

     turtle buyer's license. Records are required.
3.  It is unlawful to commercially take any Box Turtle, Alligator Snapping Turtle Macroclemys temminckii, Chicken Turtle Deirochelys

     reticularia, Map Turtle Graptemys spp., Painted Turtle Chrysemys ssp., Razor-backed Musk Turtle Sternotherus carinatus, any State

     and/or Federal threatened or endangered species and any soft shell turtle greater than sixteen (16) inches in length