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Other—Nongame Wildlife


  • No person shall sell native species of reptiles or amphibians, including parts or eggs thereof, except:
    • Non-living snapping turtles and bullfrogs raised outside the state which may be possessed, bought and sold for use as food provided that with each package there shall be a bill of sale bearing the species, the weight of the package and the place of origin; and
    • Non-living amphibians and reptiles obtained outside the state to be used for educational purposes.
  • No person shall take or possess a spotted turtle, Blanding’s turtle, wood turtle, Eastern box turtle, black racer, Eastern hognose snake, timber rattlesnake, marbled salamander or any egg or part thereof.
  • Importation, possession and release of reptiles shall be in accordance with Fis Chapter 800.
  • No person shall take any species of indigenous turtle from May 15 to July 15.
  • Persons taking reptiles or amphibians shall not take more than 2 reptiles or 5 amphibians per day.
  • The possession limit of harvested reptiles and amphibians is 2 times the daily bag limit.
  • Individuals may possess up to 2 each of the following native reptiles:*
    • Musk turtle
    • Painted turtle
    • Snapping turtle
    • Ring-necked snake
    • Eastern milk snake
    • Brown snake
    • Northern watersnake
    • Red-bellied snake
    • Garter snake
  • Individuals may possess up to 5 each of the following native amphibians:*
    • American toad
    • Gray tree frog
    • Spring peeper
    • American bullfrog
    • Green frog
    • Pickerel frog
    • Mink frog
    • Wood frog
    • Spotted salamander
    • Northern two-lined salamander
    • Red-spotted newt
    • Northern dusky salamander
    • Eastern red-backed salamander
* NOTE: Although limited possession of these species is currently legal in NH, the NH Fish and Game Department encourages people to leave these wildlife species wild. Populations of some species, especially turtles, can be adversely affected by the removal of a small number of individuals.
Other Wildlife

There is no restriction in New Hampshire on the taking of woodchucks, porcupines, English sparrows, European starlings, common feral pigeons, red squirrels and other rodents not covered in this publication. All other birds not specifically covered in this digest are protected by New Hampshire or federal law, and may not be taken.For more information on nongame and endangered wildlife, look for the NH Wildlife Action Plan at


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