2019 LDWF Commercial Fishing Regs - Page 32



REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS
Contact: Jeff Boundy, 225.765.2815, jboundy@wlf.la.gov
Regulations for commercially collecting reptiles
and amphibians apply to native lizards, snakes,
turtles, frogs, salamanders and related species.
They do not apply to alligators.
Additional Licenses & Permits
If you:
You must have a/an:
Fees and notes:
Gather reptiles and amphibians
for sale
Reptile and Amphibian
Collector License
$25 resident/$10 resident under age 16, $200 nonresident
Buy, acquire or handle for
resale or sell any native reptiles
or amphibians, including those
reared in captivity, in Louisiana
Reptile and Amphibian
Wholesale/Retail Dealer
License
$105 resident, $405 nonresident. Nonresidents may instead purchase a
Three-Day Reptile and Amphibian Wholesale/Retail Dealer License ($75;
valid for three consecutive days). Licensed wholesale/retail seafood dealers
are exempt from this license.
Reptile and Amphibian
Collector License, Reptile
Operate commercial transport
and Amphibian Wholesale/
vehicles and load, unload or
Retail Dealer License, OR
transport reptiles or amphibians
Reptile and Amphibian
Transport License
Transport License: $30/vehicle resident, $120/vehicle nonresident;
transferable between vehicles. Only licensed reptile and amphibian
collectors or wholesale/retail dealers may purchase. Individuals holding
transport licenses may not buy/sell reptiles or amphibians unless buying
on behalf of the dealer to whom the transport license was issued and
transporting purchases back to them.
Prohibited Species
You may not harvest alligator snapping, box or razor-backed musk turtles for commercial purposes. You may not harvest any of the following for
any purpose in Louisiana:



Salamanders (tiger, southern red backed, Webster’s, mud and
red)
Sea turtles (green, hawksbill, Kemp’s Ridley, leatherback and
loggerhead)
Black pine snake





Louisiana pine snake
Gopher tortoise
Ringed sawback turtle
Dusky gopher frog
Eastern diamondback rattlesnake
Legal Collection Methods
You may not remove nests or animals tending their nests. You may not
use gasoline to flush animals from hiding places. You may not destroy
natural habitat while searching for animals.
You must mark traps or other capture devices with your name, address
and license number if you leave them unattended. You must check
them daily.
You must place turtle traps in a way that leaves enough area above
the waterline for turtles to breathe. You must mark them with the
words “turtle trap.” They must have one or more horizontal throat.
You may not possess finfish while turtle trapping. You may not use
any trap or net to harvest diamondback terrapins; you may only take
diamondback terrapins by hand.
You may take frogs using any visible light and mechanical devices
known as frog catchers or with devices that puncture the skin such
as gigs and spears. You may not carry a firearm while hunting/taking
frogs at night.
Closed Seasons & Areas
You may not harvest bullfrogs or pig frogs/grunters during April and May. You may not take diamondback terrapins from April 15 to June 15.
You may not collect reptiles and amphibians for commercial purposes from any WMA or state wildlife refuge.
Size/Possession Limits
Bullfrogs: must be at least 5 inches long*
Pig Frogs/Grunters: must be at least 3 inches long, measured from the tip of the muzzle
to the posterior end of the body between the hind legs. A permitted owner (or authorized
representative) of a privately-owned waterbody may take undersized frogs from their privatelyowned waterbody and sell them for stocking other waterbodies.
Diamondback Terrapins: must be at least 6 inches long on the plastron (bottom shell plate)
Green Anoles: must be at least 1-3/4 inches snout-vent length or 5 inches overall length
Turtle Eggs: no harvest of turtle eggs, except for red-eared slider eggs
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