Delaware Regulations - 7 DNREC 3000

Snapping Turtles
2.1.5 - Spear, gig, trap, or fyke net may be used to take snapping turtles
4.15.1 - Snapper Season - unlawful to hunt snapping turtles except between June 15th thru May 15th
4.15.2 - Size - unlawful to seel, offer for sale, or kill a snapping turtle with carapace length less that 8 inches measured on the curvature

4.16.1 - Season - unlawful to hunt DBTs except between September 1st thru November 15th
4.16.2 - Limit - unlawful to taken more than 4 DBTs in any one day

General Removal & Possession
15.1.1 - Unlawful to collect, possess, import, cause to be imported, export, cause to be exported, buy, sell, or offer for sale any native wildlife for commercial purposes without a permit
15.2.1 - Unlawful to remove from the wild or possess any native reptile, their eggs, or parts without a permit
15.2.2 - One individual of the following species may be collected and possessed without a permit - DBT, Eastern Box Turtle, Eastern mud, painted, redbelly, snapping turtles
15.2.3 - Unlawful to remove from the wild and later release a turtle if it is heald in captivity for more than 30 days
15.2.4 - Native reptiles taken from the wild and lawfully possessed before 8/15/99 may continue to be in captivity with the written notification of numbers and species given to the Division before 12/15/99
15.3.1 - Unlawful to breed in captivity any native wildlife without a permit
15.3.2 - Unlawful to release a captive born reptile into the wild
15.5.1 - Turtles can only be taken by hand, turtle trap, or dowel-and-line. Traps must be emptied every 48 hours
16.1.1 - Importation, transportation, possession or sale of endangered species is prohibited
Note: Bog turtles are endangered in Delaware
16.3.2 - Unlawful to collect, possess, or sell any species listed as endangered or threatened without federal permits.



Bog Turtle

Glyptemys muhlenbergii

Common Musk Turtle (Stinkpot)

Sternotherus odoratus

Common Snapping Turtle

Chelydra serpentina serpentina

Eastern Box Turtle

Terrapene carolina carolina

Eastern Mud Turtle

Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum

Eastern Painted Turtle

Chrysemys picta picta

Northern Diamondback Terrapin

Malaclemys terrapin terrapin

Northern Redbelly Turtle

Pseudemys rubriventris

Red-eared Slider

Trachemys scripta elegans

Spotted Turtle

Clemmys guttata


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