9.15 Reptiles and Amphibians Regulations

A. License Requirements

To take reptiles and amphibians, a valid Rhode Island Fishing, Hunting, or Trapping License is necessary. Hunters using archery equipment must also complete a bow hunter education course.

B. Open Season Species

Only the following species have an open season:

  • Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)
  • Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans)
  • Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)

The possession, removal, or killing of any other native reptile or amphibian, including their nests and eggs, is strictly prohibited unless by special permit.

C. Snapping Turtle Regulations


The snapping turtle season is closed from May 15 to July 15, inclusive.

Bag Limit and Size

  1. The bag limit for snapping turtles is six (6).
  2. Snapping turtles must have a minimum straight-line carapace length of thirteen inches (13").
  3. Turtles with a carapace length less than thirteen inches (13") must be released alive into their original waters.
  4. Legal snapping turtles must be immediately killed and kept.

Methods of Take

Turtles can only be taken by the following methods: turtle traps, hand, hand-held dip nets, snagging, or bow and arrow.

Additional Requirements

  1. Turtle traps must allow turtles to access the surface to breathe and must be checked every twenty-four (24) hours.
  2. Commercial snapping turtle trapping is prohibited.

D. Green Frog and Bullfrog Regulations


The green frog and bullfrog season is closed from June 1 to July 31, inclusive.

Bag Limit

  1. The daily bag limit for both species combined is twenty (20).
  2. Legal frogs must be immediately killed and retained.

Methods of Take

Frogs can be taken by hand, hand-held dip nets, spearing, hook and line, or bow and arrow.

E. Protected Species

The following species, along with their nests and eggs, are protected at all times, and possession without a permit is prohibited:

  • American Toad
  • Eastern Red-backed Salamander
  • Eastern Spadefoot
  • Four-toed Salamander
  • Fowler’s Toad
  • Gray Treefrog
  • Marbled Salamander
  • Northern Dusky Salamander
  • Northern Leopard Frog
  • Spring Salamander
  • Northern Two-lined Salamander
  • Pickerel Frog
  • Eastern Newt
  • Spotted Salamander
  • Spring Peeper
  • Wood Frog
  • Eastern Box Turtle
  • Eastern Musk Turtle
  • Painted Turtle
  • Diamond-backed Terrapin
  • Spotted Turtle
  • Wood Turtle
  • Eastern Ribbonsnake
  • Northern Watersnake
  • Common Gartersnake
  • Eastern Hog-nosed Snake
  • Milksnake
  • Eastern Ratsnake
  • Common Wormsnake
  • North American Racer
  • Dekay’s Brownsnake
  • Red-bellied Snake
  • Ring-necked Snake
  • Smooth Greensnake
  • Timber Rattlesnake

F. Non-native Reptiles and Amphibians

Releasing non-native reptiles or amphibians into the wild is strictly prohibited.

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