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Reptiles & Amphibians

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Reptiles/Amphibians Seasons and Limits

Species

Season

Daily Bag Limit

Possession Limit

Restrictions

Game turtles

Eastern Snapping Turtle

July 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021

4**

8**

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, 2020 to April 30, 2021

25*

50*

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 for frog hunting are restricted to .22-caliber loaded with bird shot only , or an air rifle that fires a lead pellet (.177 diameter minimum) at least 500 feet per second.

Green Frog

All reptiles and amphibians native to Indiana are regulated species.

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

Eastern snapping turtles, smooth softshell turtles, and spiny softshell turtles can be taken only between July 1 and March 31 of the following year and must have a carapace (shell) length of at least 12 inches.

Carapace length is the straight-line measure along the top surface of the shell from the central point of the front edge directly behind the turtle’s neck to a central point on the back edge directly above the turtle’s tail.

A license is required to take a reptile or amphibian from the wild (see table above).

Indiana residents 18 years of age or older must possess a valid hunting or fishing license while collecting species of reptiles or amphibians from the wild.

All non-resident adults and non-resident youth must possess a nonresident annual fishing or hunting license while collecting reptiles or amphibians from the wild.

License holders must obey season dates and bag limits, and use legal methods. An individual with a valid fishing or hunting license may take game frog and turtle species from a DNR property where fishing and hunting is authorized. Other species of reptiles and amphibians may not be taken from any DNR property.

The daily bag limit is 25 for game frog species and four for game turtle species. The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit.

Turtles, frogs, and lizards (other than endangered species, Eastern box turtles, and game species listed in the table) can be taken from the wild with the appropriate hunting or fishing license, but there is a daily bag limit of two and possession limit of four per species.

Reptiles and amphibians collected from the wild in Indiana may not be sold.

Only legally collected amphibians or reptiles held for fewer than 30 days may be released at their original capture site if they have never been housed with another animal.