A fishing license is required to take the following reptiles and amphibians.
SpeciesOpen seasonDaily bag limitPossession LimitSize Limit
Bullfrog, Green FrogJuly 16 – Sept. 301224none
Snapping TurtleJan. 1 – Apr. 30
July 17 – Dec 31
2212 in.*
For Bait
Bullfrog, Green Frog, Wood FrogNo closed season1010less than
2½ in.**

Fishing license required. Bullfrogs, green frogs, wood frogs, and pickerel frogs may be taken by hand or by hand-held dip net. Snapping turtles may be taken by hand, hand-held dip net, or gaff.

*Straight line carapace (shell) length

**Snout to vent length

  • No reptile or amphibian may be taken from the wild in Massachusetts for purposes of sale. No reptile or amphibian may be taken with a firearm.
  • No person shall disturb, harass or take by any means any species of amphibian or reptile listed as endangered, threatened, or special concern in 321 CMR 10.90, or any of the following species or their eggs or young:
    • Spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)
    • Four-toed salamander (Hemidactylium scutatum)
    • Spring salamander (Gyrinophilus porphyriticus)
    • Northern leopard frog (Lithobates pipiens)
    • Spotted turtle (Clemmys guttata)
    • Eastern hognosed snake (Heterodon platirhinos)