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Reptiles & Amphibians

Hunting Regulations Icon Rhode Island Hunting

The removal from the wild, for any purposes, of any reptile or amphibian (to include eggs or nest) except bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus), green frog (Lithobates clamitans) and snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentine) is prohibited except by special permit (RIHR 9.15.A). The release into the wild of any non-native reptile or amphibian is prohibited.

A full list of protected species of reptiles and amphibians in Rhode Island can be found in the RIHR, section 9.15.B. The taking of snapping turtles at any time shall be limited to turtles with a minimum carapace length of twelve (12) inches, using: turtle traps, snagging, snaring, grabbing, jugging, bow and arrow, or while legally fishing. Traps and jugs must carry the trapper’s name and address (RIHR 9.15.A.4).