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Rhode Island

1.  The sale of native wildlife is not allowed in Rhode Island.
2.  The taking of snapping turtles for commercial purposes is prohibited except by special permit.

1.  The removal from the wild, for any purpose, of any reptile, except snapping turtles, to include their nests and eggs is prohibited except

     by special permit.
2.  The taking of snapping turtles at any time is limited to turtles with a minimum carapace length of 12 inches and by the following

     methods: Turtle traps, snagging, snaring, grabbing, jugging, bow and arrow, or while legally fishing.

1.  All species of turtles can be kept without a permit except endangered species, the red-eared slider turtle, the Argentina or Chaco tortoise,

     gopher tortoise and pancake tortoises.
2.  The sale of native wildlife is not allowed in Rhode Island.
3.  The following species of turtles to include their nests and eggs are protected and possession without permit is prohibited at all times:

     northern diamondback terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin; wood turtle, Clemmys insculpta; eastern box turtle, Terrapene Carolina; spotted

     turtle, Clemmys guttata; and bog turtle, Clemmys muhlenbergi.
4.  The release into the wild of any non-native reptile is prohibited
5.  Possession of Red Eared Slider turtles is unlawful

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SUMMARY OF RHODE ISLAND TURTLE LAWS

Blanding’s Turtle Emydoidea blandingii
Common Musk Turtle (Stinkpot) Sternotherus odoratus
Common Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina serpentina
Eastern Box Turtle
Terrapene carolina carolina
Eastern Painted Turtle
Chrysemys picta picta
Northern Diamondback terrapin
Malaclemys terrapin terrapin
Spotted Turtle Clemmys guttata
Wood Turtle
Glyptemys insculpta

NATIVE SPECIES