1. It is unlawful to import or possess a Snapping Turtle or Gopher (Desert) Tortoise without a permit
2. Nonvenomous, nonindigenous reptile species, and albino forms of indigenous reptile species may be possessed, sold, transported, imported and exported without a permit or license. These species must not be released into the wild.
3. Possession limit of Sonoran Mud Turtle is 4. Possession of all other unprotected species is 4, live or dead except spiny softshells, sliders and Snappers are unlimited dead.
4. Progeny of lawfully held reptiles other than desert tortoises may, for twelve months from date of hatching or birth, be held in captivity in excess of the stated limits. Such progeny must be disposed of by gift to another person or as directed by the Department.
5. Desert tortoises legally held prior to April 28, 1989, may be possessed, transported and propagated. Possession limit is one desert tortoise per person. Progeny of lawfully held desert tortoises may be held for twenty-four months from date of hatching. Such progeny must be disposed of by gift to another person or as directed by the Department.
TAKING FROM THE WILD
1. A hunting or combination license is required for take of reptiles. A fishing or combination license is required for take of softshell turtles.
2. Turtles may not be taken at any time (or during periods specified) within the following areas: http://www.azgfd.gov/regs/ReptileAmphibian.pdf
3. Bag limit of Sonoran Mud Turtle is 2 per year, possession limit of 4. Bag and possession limits of all other unprotected species is 4, live or dead except spiny softshells, sliders and Snappers are unlimited dead.
4. Reptiles may be taken day or night. Hand held artificial light is legal. Firearms may not be used at night.
5. Reptiles taken from the wild for personal use may not be sold, bartered or traded.
1. Turtles for commercial purposes may be obtained only from a person licensed as a breeder of or dealer in that wildlife or a collection lawfully made in another state or country that allows the commercialization of that wildlife.