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The 2014 New Jersey Freshwater Fishing Guide is now available!
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Below is content from the 2013 guide.

Amphibians & Reptiles

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Amphibians and reptiles MAY NOT be shot with firearms (including spring, air, or gas propelled), bow and arrow, or crossbow.

The following shall not be taken or possessed except as authorized by the Director of the Department of Natural Resources: Blanding’s, spotted, wood, and eastern box turtle; black rat snake, eastern fox snake, copper-bellied water snake, Kirtland’s snake, queen snake, and eastern massasauga rattlesnake; boreal chorus frog, Blanchard’s cricket frog; small-mouthed salamander, marbled salamander, six-lined racerunner, and western lesser siren; all reptile eggs; and amphibians and reptiles protected under Part 365 (Endangered Species) of 1994 P.A. 451. For further information see FO-224 (available at michigan.gov/fishing or at any Customer Service Center.

Personal Use: A fishing license is required to take amphibians and reptiles for personal use. Reptiles and amphibians may not be bought, sold, or offered for sale.

Hand, trap, nets, seines (up to 12 x 4 feet overall dimensions), and hook-and-line may be used. Set lines may not be used to take turtles.

Frogs may be speared but NOT with the aid of an artificial light.

Traps used (or possessed) in areas frequented by reptiles must have a plate or tag attached bearing the name and address of the user in legible English.

For taking turtles, no more than 3 traps may be used, mesh traps must be no less than 1″ mesh, and traps must be set to allow turtles to surface and breathe.

It is illegal to possess or transport in the field, dressed or processed reptiles or amphibians that cannot be measured or identified.

Snapping turtle carapace length: to obtain the carapace (top of shell) length, use a flexible tape to measure from the nuchal scute (the scute directly behind the turtle’s head) to the base of the notch where the two most posterior scutes meet.

Species

Season

Minimum Size (inches)

Daily Possession Limit

Total Possession Limit

Frogs, toads, salamanders, mudpuppies

Last Sat. in
May – Nov. 15

none

10 in any combination

10 in any combination

Snapping turtles (Note 1)

Jul. 15 – Sep. 15

13″ minimum

carapace length

2 in combination

(no more than 1 of either species)

4 total in combination

(no more than 2 of either species)

Softshell turtles

none

All other turtles (painted, musk, map, red-eared slider); snakes and lizards

Open All Year

none

3 in combination

(However, no more than
2 turtles and no more than 1
of any one turtle species)

6 total in combination

(However, no more than 4 turtles and no more than
2 of any one turtle species)

Note 1: Carapace length: use a flexible tape to measure from the shell behind the turtle’s head to the posterior end of the shell.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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