Box Turtle Regulations
  • Unlawful to collect box turtles from the wild
  • If a box turtle is collected lawfully in another state, the owner must obtain a health certificate from a licensed vet before bringing the turtle into Indiana
  • Box turtles may be kept as pets, but the owner must obtain a special purpose turtle possession permit
  • Captive breeding is prohibited
  • Captive turtles possessed cannot be relased into the wild
  • Pets can be obtained as: 
  •           Gift from someone with a special permit
  •           Lawfully acquired in another state
  •          Wild caught in possession before 11/1/2004
Endangered Species
  • Alligator Snapper (Macroclemys temminckii)
  • Blandings (Emydoidea blandingii)
  • Eastern mud (Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum)
  • Ornate box (Terrapene ornata)
  • Spotted (Clemmys guttata)
  • Hieroglyphic River Cooter (Chrysemys concinna hieroglyphica)

Taking & Selling Regulations
  • Unlawful to collect turtles from the wild in Indiana unless the person holds a valid hunting or fishing license
  • Possession of native species is limited to 4/species, except endangered and eastern box turtles, whose possession is prohibited
  • Captive turtle cannot be released without a special permit unless the following three conditions are met
  1. Turtle possessed less than 30 days
  2. Turtle was not housed with other animals
  3. Release is at the orginal site of capture
  • Purchase or sale of native reptiles is prohibited (applies to eggs and parts as well)
  • Common snappers, smooth softshells, and spiny softshells are classified as game animals. They may be taken at any time. Daily bag limit is 25 and the possession limit is 50