1. The state only regulates species native to the state. A person possessing a native animal in captivity as a “pet” must obtain a permit. However, there are no state laws governing private possession of exotic animals.
2. It is unlawful to possess: wood turtle, spotted turtle, northern map turtle, Ouachita map turtle and midland smooth softshell turtle.
3. The possession limit for of Eastern Snapping turtle and Eastern Spiny Softshell is 20
4. The total possession limit for all other native turtles is four (4) turtles in aggregate. Only West Virginia Residents may take or possess turtles.
5. A fee of $2.00 is issued to get a permit for native species that were legally acquired.
6. It is unlawful to sell turtles or turtle parts in West Virginia.
TAKING FROM THE WILD
1. It is unclear if a Fishing License is required to take turtles. However, there are bag limits and collection dates shown in the fishing regulations. Therefore, we assume a license would be required.
2. The following species may not be taken: Spotted Turtle, Wood Turtle, Northern Map Turtle, Ouachita Map Turtle, River Cooter and Northern Red-bellied Cooter plus any federally protected species.
3. It is unlawful to use a firearm, crossbow, dynamite or any like explosive, or a poisonous mixture placed in the water for the purpose of killing or taking aquatic turtles
4. It is unlawful to take fish, frogs, aquatic turtles or other aquatic life from a state fish hatchery.
5. The daily creel limit of eastern snapping turtle and eastern spiny softshell is ten (10) turtles and the possession limit is twenty (20) turtles. Only West Virginia Residents may take or possess turtles.
6. Turtles may be taken only between January 1 and May 15 and July 15 and December 31.