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Virginia

1.  Only Common Snapping Turtles may be taken for commercial purposes and requires a permit. There is a daily bag limit of 5.
2.  Snapping turtles may not be collected for commercial purposes from October 1 through May 31.
3.  Snappers may be taken by set poles, nets and traps. Any other species must be immediately released unharmed.
4.  Minimum shell size for snapping turtles shall be 11 inches lengthwise (from front to back) following the curve of the shell.
5.  Snapping turtles may not be taken from the banks or waters of designated stocked trout waters.
6.  Snapping turtles may be held and sold by AF and PS for human consumption and for aquarium use. Turtles must be legally obtained from a

     permitted dealer or collector and the minimum shell size shall be 9 inches lengthwise.

1.  It is lawful to collect and possess live for private use only, and not for sale, no more than 5 individuals of any unprotected species of

     amphibian and reptile.
2.  Taking turtles by hook and line requires a fishing license
3.  Snapping turtles may be taken for personal use with hoop nets not exceeding 6 feet in length with a throat opening not exceeding 36

     inches

1.  It is illegal to sell or purchase any turtle species that are native or naturalized in Virginia, but they may be given away and kept as pets, as

     long as the person has no more than five individuals of that species in captivity
2.  Turtle species that are not native or naturalized in Virginia, and are not federally listed as threatened or endangered, may be sold or

     purchased, either on your own or through a pet store.
3.  It is illegal to relocate, or liberate, turtles in Virginia
4.  Albino reptiles and amphibians may be imported, possessed, and sold.
5.  There is a ban on collecting and possessing northern diamondback terrapins and spotted turtles (even though these species are not

     theatened or endangered, there is a specific regulation banning their collection and possession).

6.  It is unlawful to possess any endangered or threatened species. Virginia species falling under that category are: wood turtles, bog turtles,

     chicken turtles and all Sea Turtles.

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SUMMARY OF VIRGINIA TURTLE LAWS

Florida Cooter Pseudemys floridana floridana
Midland Painted Turtle
Chrysemys picta marginata
Northern Diamondback Terrapin
Malaclemys terrapin terrapin
Northern Redbelly Turtle
Pseudemys rubriventris
Red-eared Slider
Trachemys scripta elegans
Spotted Turtle
Clemmys guttata
Striped Mud Turtle Kinosternon baurii
Stripeneck Musk Turtle
Sternotherus minor peltifer
Wood Turtle
Glyptemys insculpta
Yellowbelly Slider
Trachemys scripta scripta

Bog Turtle Glyptemys muhlenbergii
Common Map Turtle
Graptemys geographica
Common Musk Turtle (Stinkpot)
Sternotherus odoratus
Common Snapping Turtle
Chelydra serpentina serpentina
Cumberland Slider
Trachemys scripta troosti
Eastern Box Turtle
Terrapene carolina carolina
Eastern Chicken Turtle
Deirochelys reticularia reticularia
Eastern Mud Turtle
Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum
Eastern Painted Turtle
Chrysemys picta picta
Eastern River Cooter Pseudemys concinna concinna
Eastern Spiny Softshell
Apalone spinifera spinifera

NATIVE SPECIES

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