A COMMERCIAL FISHING LICENSE IS
NOT THE PROPER LICENSE FOR THE TAKE OF
TURTLES, FROGS, SALAMANDERS, OR SNAKES.
The harvest of non-game wildilfe (including turtles, frogs,
snakes, salamanders, lizards) is regulated by
- Endangered Species
- Non-game Species in Need of Management
- Turtle and Tortoise Eggs
The harvest, possession, shipment, sale and transport of
turtle or tortoise eggs of any species is prohibited (40 MISS
Admin. Code Part 5 Rule 2.2).
Summary of 40 MISS Admin Code Part 5 Rule 2.3 on Non-game
Species in Need of Management:
Either a Resident Sportsmans license or Resident All Game
Hunting and Freshwater Fishing License, or a Small Game Hunting and
Freshwater Fishing License, or a Non-Resident All Game Hunting
License is required for the possession of Non-Game species for
- Non-Game Wildlife or their parts taken from wild
Mississippi populations may NOT be bought, possessed, transported,
exported, sold, offered for sale, shipped, bartered, or exhibit it
for Commercial purposes.
- A person can possess no more than 20 nongame reptiles, or 20
non-game amphibians, or 4 Bluenose Shiners, with no more than 4
being the same species (not including bull frogs,
alligators, and alligator snapping turtles).
- Alligator Snapping Turtles:
A person can only possess and harvest ONE (1) Alligator Snapping
Turtle with a minimum top shell length (carapace) of 24 inches or
greater per license year.
- Common Snapping Turtles, Smooth Softshell Turtles, and Spiny
A person can only harvest ONE (1) turtle of the three species
listed above perday.
Possession and harvest from the wild is no more than FOUR (4)
turtles of the three species listed above per license year.
- All other nongame turtles:
A person may posess and havest from the wild no more than 10
other nongame turtles per license year. No more than FOUR (4) can
be of the same species or subspecies.
- It is illegal to harvest turtles between April 1 to June
- See list of endangered species of amphibians
and reptiles that cannot be taken.
All Mississippi waters are closed to the commercial harvest of
mussels (40 MISS Admin. Code Part 3 Rule 3.3 ).