Indiana Reptiles and Amphibians: Seasons & Limits


Indiana's regulations for hunting and collecting reptiles and amphibians are designed to ensure the conservation and ethical treatment of these species. All native species are regulated, with specific seasons, bag, and possession limits set for game turtles and frogs. A valid license is required for collection from the wild, and there are restrictions on selling or releasing captured specimens.

Game Turtles

  1. Eastern Snapping Turtle

    • Season: July 1, 2023, to March 31, 2024.
    • Daily Bag Limit: 4 (minimum carapace length of 12 inches).
    • Possession Limit: 8 (minimum carapace length of 12 inches).
    • Restrictions: Turtle traps may be used but must not have an opening below the water surface.
  2. Smooth Softshell Turtle & Spiny Softshell Turtle

    • Similar regulations as the Eastern Snapping Turtle.

Game Frogs

  1. Bull Frog & Green Frog
    • Season: June 15, 2023, to April 30, 2024.
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 in any combination of bull or green frog.
    • Possession Limit: 50 in any combination of bull or green frog.
    • Restrictions: Various methods are allowed for taking frogs, including gig, spear, bow and arrow, club, hands, or pole/hand line. Firearms for frog hunting are limited to .22-caliber loaded with birdshot only or an air rifle firing a lead pellet at least 500 feet per second.

Licensing and Restrictions

  • Licensing: Residents 18 years and older must have a valid hunting or fishing license to collect species from the wild. Non-residents require a nonresident annual hunting license.
  • Endangered Species: Frogs, lizards, salamanders, snakes, toads, or turtles on the state or federally endangered species list, including Eastern box turtles, cannot be collected at any time.
  • Seasons and Bag Limits: License holders must adhere to specified season dates and bag limits. Game frog and turtle species may be taken from DNR property where fishing and hunting are authorized, but other species may not be taken from any DNR property.
  • Sale and Release: Collected reptiles and amphibians may not be sold. Only legally collected species held for fewer than 30 days may be released back at the original capture site, provided they have never been housed with another animal.

Measuring Carapace Length

  • Definition: The carapace length is measured as a straight line along the top of the shell from the central point of the front edge directly behind the turtle's neck to a central point on the back edge directly above the turtle's tail.

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