INFORMATION ON HARVEST OF TURLES AND OTHER NONGAME WILDLIFE
NOTE - A COMMERCIAL FISHING LICENSE IS NOT THE PROPER LICENSE FOR THE TAKE OF TURTLES, FROGS, SALAMANDERS, OR SNAKES.
The harvest of nongame wildilfe (including turtles, frogs, snakes, salamanders, lizards) is regulated by Public Notice 3357 on Endangered Species, Public Notice 3201 on Nongame Species in Need of Management, Public Notice 2552 on Turtle and Tortoise Eggs and Public Notice 3361 on Mussels.
The harvest, possession, shipment, sale and transport of turtle or tortoise eggs of any species is prohibited (Public Notice 2552)
Summary of Public Notice 3201 on Nongame Species in Need of Management
Either a Resident Small Game Hunting/Fishing License or Nonresident All Game Hunting License is needed to take nongame wildlife for personal use - no sale permitted. (Section II)
- Can possess no more than 20 nongame reptiles, or 20 nongame amphibians, or 4 Bluenose Shiners, with no more than 4 being the same species (not including bull frogs, alligators, and alligator snapping turtles).
- Alligator Snapping Turtles
- Only ONE can be possessed with minimum top shell (carapase) of 24 inches.
- No take allowed between April 1 to June 30.
- See list of endangered species of amphibians and reptiles that cannot be taken.
Common Snappig Turtles can be taken for commercial purposes with a permit obtained from the Mississippi Museum of Natural Sciences (Section VIII). A Commercial Fishing License is needed to obtain a permit.
- Permit fees -$25 resident, $100 nonresident
- Minimum upper shell length for take is 12 inches
All Mississippi waters are closed to the commercial harvest of mussels (Public Notice 3361).