Skip to Main Content Skip to Main Navigation
Enter Your Email Address:

Reptiles & Amphibians

Brought to you by:

Reptiles/Amphibians Seasons and Limits



Daily Bag Limit

Possession Limit


Game turtles

Common Snapping Turtle

year round



Turtle traps may be used but may not have an opening below the water surface.

Smooth Softshell Turtle

Spiny Softshell Turtle

Game frogs

Bull Frog

June 15–Apr. 30



Frogs may be taken with gig or spear with a head not more than 3 inches in width and a single row of tines, long bow and arrow,club, hands alone or pole or hand line with not more than one hook or artificial lure attached. Firearms used for frog hunting are restricted to a .22-caliber firearm loaded with bird shot only.

Green Frog

* Singly or in aggregate, which means the catch limit includes any combination of the species.

Reptiles and Amphibians

All reptiles and amphibians native to Indiana are protected by law.

Eastern box turtles cannot be collected from the wild at any time.

Species of frogs, lizards, salamanders, snakes, toads or turtles on the state or federal endangered species list may not be collected from the wild at any time.

Species specified as game animals (see table above) may be collected from the wild with a hunting or fishing license.

License holders must obey season dates, bag limits and use legal methods. An individual with a valid hunting or fishing license may take game frog and turtle species from DNR Fish & Wildlife areas where hunting or fishing is authorized.

Non-game reptiles and amphibians may not be taken from any DNR property without a scientific purposes license.

For a list of Indiana’s native species, go to:

The possession limit for non-endangered non-game species is four, with the exception of the Eastern box turtle.

Collected species may not be sold.

Indiana residents over age 17 must have a valid hunting or fishing license in possession while collecting species of reptiles and amphibians from the wild.

To take reptiles or amphibians from the wild, non-residents age 18 or older must possess a non-resident annual hunting license. Non-residents under age 18 must have either a non-resident annual hunting license or a resident annual hunting license if a parent, grandparent or legal guardian is an Indiana resident.

Legally collected amphibians or reptiles kept in captivity less than 30 days may be released only at their original capture site if they have never been housed with another animal.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

Return to the home page
Brought to you by:
Conservation Partner Advertisements: The Indiana Department of Natural Resources allows appropriate advertising in its annual regulation guides in print and online, in order to defray or eliminate expenses to the state, and support enhanced communications with Indiana Department of Natural Resources Constituents. Through a unique partnership with J.F.Griffin Publishing, LLC &, ‘Conservation Partners’ have been established that pay for advertising in support of the regulations both in print and online. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources neither endorses products or services listed or claims made; nor accepts any liability arising from the use of products or services listed. Advertisers interested in the Conservation Partners program should contact J.F.Griffin/ directly at 413-884-1001,
JF Griffin Media
J.F. Griffin Media reaches 9,000,000 sportsmen every year through our print and digital publications. We produce 30 hunting and fishing regulation guides for 15 state agencies. For advertising information, please visit: