Hunting, Fishing, Trapping, and Taking of Reptiles and Amphibians
1. Closed Season: There is a closed season on the hunting, fishing, taking and possession of the following reptiles and amphibians: Blanding's Turtle, Blue-spotted Salamander, Bog Turtle, Copperhead, Diamondback Terrapin, Eastern Box Turtle, Eastern Hognosed Snake, Eastern Ratsnake, Eastern Spadefoot, Eastern Wormsnake, Four-toed Salamander, Green Seaturtle, Hawksbill Seaturtle, Jefferson Salamander, Kemps' Ridley Seaturtle, Leatherback Seaturtle, Loggerhead Seaturtle, Marbled Salamander, Northern Leopard Frog, Northern Red-bellied Cooter, Spotted Salamander, Spotted Turtle, Spring Salamander, Timber Rattlesnake, and Wood Turtle.
2. Season Dates:
(a) the following species may be taken from January 1 to December 31, in accordance with the bag and possession limits below: American Toad, Dekay's Brownsnake, Eastern Gartersnake, Eastern Musk Turtle, Eastern Newt, Eastern Red-backed Salamander, Eastern Racer, Eastern Ribbonsnake, Fowler's Toad, Gray Treefrog, Milksnake, Mudpuppy, Northern Dusky Salamander, Northern Two-lined Salamander, Northern Watersnake, Painted Turtle, Pickerel Frog, Red-bellied Snake, Ring-necked Snake, Smooth Greensnake, Snapping Turtle, Spring Peeper, and Wood Frog.
(b) the following species may be hunted, fished, or taken from July 16 to September 30, in accordance with the bag and possession limits below: American Bullfrog, Green Frog.
3. Zone: all reptiles and amphibians listed in #2 above may be taken statewide.
4. Hunting Hours: there are no limitations on hunting or taking hours for reptiles and amphibians.
5. Bag Limits:
(a) for those species listed in #2(a) above (except Snapping Turtle), the daily and possession limit is two per species;
(b) there is no bag or possession limit for Snapping Turtles.
(c) for American Bullfrogs and Green Frogs, the daily limit is 12, the possession limit 24, singly or in the aggregate. No frogs shall be killed or taken which measure less than 3 inches from snout to vent;
6. Licenses and Permits: No hunting or fishing license or permit is required for the taking of reptiles and amphibians (except for the commercial taking of snapping turtles; see below).
7. Methods of Taking: Reptiles and amphibians may be taken with firearm, archery, hook-and-line, hand net, cage or box trap, or by hand.
(a) taking of reptiles and amphibians with a firearm or by archery on a Sunday;
(b) taking of reptiles and amphibians by poison, explosives, seines, gill nets, or fyke nets;
(c) sale of reptiles or amphibians, or parts thereof, except Snapping Turtles under permit from the MassWildlife Director.
9. Bait Frogs: American Bullfrogs, Green Frogs, Pickerel Frogs, and Wood Frogs may be taken for bait by licensed anglers, or by persons lawfully fishing on their own property without a license. Such bait frogs must measure less than 2½ inches from snout to vent and not more than 10 per day may be taken. Bait frogs may not be sold.
10. Commercial Taking of Snapping Turtles: Snapping turtles
may be taken from the wild in Massachusetts in accordance with a permit
issued by MassWildlife. There is a fee for such a permit, and special
conditions may be imposed. No Snapping Turtles taken under such a permit
shall be less than 6 inches in carapace length.
This is not the complete law, and is subject to change. Refer to several provisions of M.G.L. c. 131, and to the Hunting, Fishing, and Taking of Reptiles and Amphibians regulations, 321 CMR 3.05.
Last Revised: 10-25-02.