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In what states are alligator snapping turtles protected?
The alligator snapping turtle is protected as a State Species of Special Concern by Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species Rule.
Is the alligator snapping turtle endangered?
Alligator snapping turtles are declining due to habitat degradation and overharvesting for their meat. They are not an endangered species, but some states have imposed bans on collecting them from the wild.
Are snapping turtles endangered in Texas?
Two types of snapping turtle are found in Texas. Common snappers have no special protections, but the alligator snapping turtle is a threatened species in Texas. If you catch one, it should be returned to its habitat, as close as possible to the spot where it was caught.
Are alligator snapping turtles endangered in Illinois?
ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLES ARE A STATE ENDANGERED SPECIES AND PROTECTED BY LAW. The State of Illinois is reintroducing the native Alligator Snapping Turtle to strategic watersheds in Illinois.
Are snapping turtles protected in New York state?
“Wildlife, including snapping turtles, are protected and regulated in New York State under NYS Environmental Conservation Law,” the DEC said. The defendant faces fines of up to $500, not including court surcharges. The state has 11 freshwater species and one saltwater/brackish water species.
Is it legal to keep Alligator snapping turtles?
Alligator snapping turtles are somewhat protected throughout their range. In many states, they are not legal to buy, sell or own without a permit. However, it is sometimes legal to hatch them from your own stock. And many states simply ban the sale of locally obtained non-game wildlife.
Is it legal to own a common snapping turtle in Illinois?
(a) The possession limit for indigenous amphibian and reptile taxa (excluding common snapping turtles and bullfrogs) is 8 total collectively with no more than 4 per species. All common snapping turtles and bullfrogs taken for personal consumption must be kept and counted in the daily catch creel or bag.