1. It is unlawful to possess Blanding’s turtles Emydoidea blandingii, Eastern box turtles Terrapene carolina carolina, Spotted turtles Clemmys guttata and Wood turtles Glyptemys insculpta without a permit.
2. Up to 2 specimens of the following species may be possessed without a permit: Musk turtle Sternotherus odoratus, Painted turtle Chrysemys picta and Snapping turtle Chelydra serpentina.
3. Non-living Snapping turtles, Musk Turtles and Painted Turtles raised outside the state may be possessed, bought and sold for use as food provided that with each package there shall be a bill of sale bearing the species, the weight of the package and the place of origin.
4. No person shall sell indigenous species of reptiles or amphibians including parts or eggs thereof.
5. A permit shall be required to import all indigenous reptiles.
6. It is illegal to release any exotic reptiles or any reptiles imported into the state
7. Reptiles originating outside of New Hampshire (including but not limited to internet and in-person purchases from water garden suppliers, reptile and amphibian distributors, biological supply companies, and pet stores importing specimens from out-of-state) must be caged or enclosed, and therefore can not be released to outdoor environments, including pools and ponds, in New Hampshire.
TAKING FROM THE WILD
1. No person shall take any species of indigenous turtle from May 15 to July 15
2. This is what the license laws show: Freshwater Fishing Licenses: Allow the taking of all species in the freshwaters of the state. However, there is no mention of turtles in the fishing regulations. We therefore would recommend getting a fishing license just to be safe. Take would be subject to the possession limits above.
1. The reptile and amphibian regulations do not mention commercial take or possession of reptiles. It is therefore assumed commercial activities of native species are not allowed and all the above regulations for individuals apply.