2007 Changes

Red-eared Sliders

As of July 1, 2007, red-eared slider turtles (Trachemys scripta elegans) are listed as conditional species.

Anyone possessing red-eared sliders acquired before July 1, 2007, may keep them without a permit until legally transferred or disposed of.  New rule changes that go into effect in August, 2010, will allow private individuals to apply for a permit to personally possess red-eared sliders.  This will provide more outlets for unwanted pet turtles.  Individuals who apply to personally acquire red-eared sliders and want to keep them outdoors must have an area enclosed by a barrier secured at least 6" below ground and constructed out of solid material, and all eggs must be destroyed daily.

Turtle farmers should be certified through the Division of Aquaculture.  Turtle farmers that want to culture red-eared sliders must obtain the restricted species authorization from the Division of Aquaculture, in addition to the Aquaculture Certificate.

Color morphs such as albino and amelanistic colored specimens may be legally possessed or sold without a permit. 

It is unlawful to release red-eared slider turtles or any other conditional, prohibited or unapproved nonnative species. 

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