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1. A Nonindigenous or exotic reptile or amphibian dealer permit is required for a person to engage in the commercial dealing of
nonindigenous or exotic reptiles.
1. A fishing license is required to catch or take reptiles from the lands and waters of the Commonwealth
2. It is unlawful to take, catch, kill or possess for the purposes of selling or offering for sale, importing or exporting for consideration,
trading or bartering or purchasing an amphibian or reptile whether dead or alive, in whole or in parts, including the eggs or any life stage
that was taken from lands or waters within this Commonwealth. Common Snapping Turtles may be taken for sale with a permit.
3. The following native reptile and amphibian species have no closed season. The daily limit is 1 and the possession limit is 1: Eastern Musk
Turtle, Eastern Painted Turtle, Eastern Spiny Softshell, Map Turtle or Midland Painted Turtles
4. Reptiles may only be taken by hand, hook, snake tongs, turtle hooks, traps and nets less than four feet square or four feet in diameter.
5. It is unlawful to damage or disrupt the nest or eggs of a reptile or to gather, take or possess the eggs of any reptile
6. Snapping Turtles may only be taken from July 1 – October 31
1. It is unlawful to possess any Bog Turtle, Eastern Mud Turtle, Redbelly Turtle, Blanding's Turtle, Eastern Box Turtle, Spotted Turtle or Wood
2. It is unlawful to possess more than one Eastern Musk Turtle, Eastern Painted Turtle, Eastern Spiny Softshell, Map Turtle or Midland Painted
3. It is unlawful to possess more than 30 Snapping Turtles
4. It is unlawful for any person to possess, purchase or receive a nonindigenous or exotic reptile, without first securing a permit. The
commission may issue a permit to a person to possess a nonindigenous or exotic reptile which shall authorize the holder to purchase,
receive or possess a nonindigenous or exotic reptile from any lawful source from within or without this Commonwealth.
5. It is unlawful to release a nonindigenous or exotic reptile into the wild
TAKING FROM THE WILD
SUMMARY OF PENNSYLVANIA TURTLE LAWS
Eastern Spiny Softshell Apalone spinifera spinifera
Midland Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta marginata
Midland Smooth Softshell Apalone mutica mutica
Northern Redbelly Turtle Pseudemys rubriventris
Spotted Turtle Clemmys guttata
Wood Turtle Glyptemys insculpta
Blanding’s Turtle Emydoidea blandingii
Bog Turtle Glyptemys muhlenbergii
Common Map Turtle Graptemys geograhica
Common Musk Turtle (Stinkpot) Sternotherus odoratus
Common Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina serpentina
Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina carolina
Eastern Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta picta
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