1. It is unlawful to take, possess, transport, export, sell or offer for sale or shipment any of the following: Gopher Tortoise, Alabama Red Belly Turtle, Ringed Sawback, Yellow-blotched Sawback or any Sea Turtle.
2. No person shall possess more than 20 reptiles with no more than 4 being of the same species or sub-species
3. Only one Alligator Snapping Turtle may be possessed at any time. It must have a minimum SCL of 24″
4. The harvest, possession, shipment, sale or transport of any turtle or tortoise eggs is unlawful.
5. Wild caught reptiles may not be sold, bought, offered for sale, bartered or offered for sale.
6. Genetic color mutants such as albinos etc., are exempt from possession regulations.
7. Mississippi law does not address the issue of non-native turtles. It is therefore assumed they are not regulated.
8. A permit is required to propagate native reptiles
TAKING FROM THE WILD
1. A small game hunting / fishing license is required to take native reptiles for personal use. They may not be sold.
2. Only 1 Alligator Snapper may be taken between July 1 – Mar 31. It must have a minimum SCL of 24″.
3. Turtles mentioned in (Possession 1.) above may not be taken.
1. Native reptiles may be imported and exported for commercial purposes only with a permit. All such animals must have originated outside of Mississippi or purchased from a person holding a wildlife captive propagation permit. Records are required.
2. Anyone who wishes to take Common Snapping Turtles for commercial purposes must have a Comercial Fishing License and a Snapping Turtle Permit. There are no possession limits for permit holders. No Snapper with a SCL of less than 12″ may be taken.
3. A person who holds a valid commercial Captive Propagation Permit may possess up to 8 individuals of any species or sub-species taken from the wild inside Mississippi.