Conservation Concern Species

  • Ringed Map (Graptemys oculifera)
  • Pascagoula Map (Graptemys gibbonsi)
  • DBT (Malaclemys terrapin)
  • Ornate Boxie (Terrapene ornata)
  • Stripeneck Must (Sternotherus minor)
  • Gopher Tort (Gopherus polyphemus)
  • Alligator Snaper (Macroclemys temminckii)
  • plus various Sea Turtles

Recreational Regulations
  • Turtle traps must be checked daily
  • Traps must be above the water and marked "turtle trap"
  • Possession of finfish prohibited
  • Cannot flush out turtles or destroy natural cover
  • Firearms prohibited
  • Alligator Snapper
  • No size limit
  • Bag limit = 1/day/person or vehicle
  • DBT
  • Cannot be taken by trap
  • Cannot be taken between April 15 and June 15
  • Must be at least 6 inches, carapace length
  • Eggs may not be taken, except RES eggs
  • Boxies
  • No more that 4 of Terrapene may be possessed
  • Bag limit - 2/day
  • Threatened and endangered species may not be taken

Commercial Regulations

  • Traps must be checked daily
  • Traps must be above water and marked "turtle trap"
  • Cannot flush out turtle or destroy natural cover
  • One engaging in sale or trade of native species must have either
  • Reptile & Amphibian Collector License, or
  • Reptile & Amphibian Wholesaler/Retail Dealer License
  • Acquiring native turtles for sale, shipping, transport requires a Reptile & Amphibian Wholesaler/Retail Dealer


  • Cannot remove nesting or tending animals
  • Alligator Snapper
  • Cannot be taken for commerce or sold
  • DBT (same as recreational regs)
  • Boxies may not be sold commercially
  • Threatened and endangered species may not be taken


Alabama Map Turtle

Graptemys pulchra

Alligator Snapping Turtle

Macroclemys termmincki

Common Snapping Turtle

Chelydra serpentina serpentina

Common Musk Turtle (Stinkpot)

Sternotherus odoratus

Gopher Tortoise

Gopherus polyphemus

Gulf Coast Box Turtle

Terrapene carolina major

Gulf Coast Smooth Softshell

Apalone mutica calvata

Gulf Coast Spiny Softshell

Apalone spinifera aspera

Midland Smooth Softshell

Apalone mutica mutica

Mississippi Diamondback Terrapin

Malaclemys terrapin pileata

Mississippi Mud Turtle

Kinosternon subrubrum hippocrepis

Missouri River Cooter

Pseudemys concinna metteri

Razorback Musk Turtle

Sternotherus carinatus

Three-toed Box Turtle

Terrapene carolina triunguis

Ornate Box Turtle

Terrapene ornata ornata

Ouachita Map Turtle

Graptemys ouachitensis ouachitensis

Pallid Spiny Softshell

Apalone spinifera pallida

Pascagoula Map Turtle

Graptemys gibbonsi

Red-eared Slider Turtle

Pseudemys scripta elegans

Ringed Map Turtle

Graptemys oculifera

Sabine Map Turtle

Graptemys pseudogeographica sabinensis

Southern Painted Turtle

Chrysemys picta dorsalis

Western Chicken Turtle

Deirochelys reticularia miaria


CLINIC'S NAME:  Magazine Street Animal Clinic

VET'S NAME:  Frank Klimitas, VMD

ADDRESS1825 Magazine St., New Orleans

PHONE NUMBER(504) 523-4115

CLINIC'S NAME:  Audubon Veterinary Hospital

VET'S NAME:  Thomas Pastor, DVM

ADDRESS731 Nashville Ave., New Orleans

PHONE NUMBER(504) 891-0685

CLINIC'S NAME:  West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic

VET'S NAME:  Greg Rich, DVM

ADDRESS3640 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie

PHONE NUMBER(504) 455-6310