Reptiles & amphibians

Animals


Pet-trade sales of amphibians and reptiles in Minnesota

Endangered and Threatened Species

A person may not take, import, transport, or sell any portion of an endangered or threatened species of amphibian or reptile, or sell or possess with the intent to sell an article made with any part of the skin, hide, or parts of an endangered or threatened species of amphibian or reptile without a special MN DNR permit (M.S. 84.0895).

The following species of amphibian and reptile are listed as endangered or threatened in Minnesota:

Endangered

Threatened

Frogs and Toads

Importation into Minnesota

A MN DNR permit is necessary to import the following species of live frog or toad, including eggs and tadpoles, into the State of Minnesota for use or sale as pets (MINN. R. 6256.0300):

Commercial Sale

A special MN DNR permit is required for residents to sell the frog and toad species listed above for purposes other than bait (M.S. 97C.601). Non-residents may not sell these species of frog or toad in the State of Minnesota. A person possessing or selling frogs, frog eggs, or tadpoles in Minnesota must also comply with local and federal laws that regulate these activities.

Turtles

Importation into Minnesota

Wild turtles native to Minnesota may be imported into the State if legally collected in their state of origin. A MN DNR permit is required to import captive raised or bred native turtles into the State of Minnesota (MINN. R. 17.4985).

Commercial Sale

With the exception of the Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina), Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta), or Spiny Softshell Turtle (Apalone spinifera), native turtles may not be sold as pets in the State of Minnesota (MINN. R. 6256.0500). A turtle seller's or turtle seller's apprentice license is required to take and sell Common Snapping Turtles, Painted Turtles, or Spiny Softshell Turtles captured in Minnesota (MINN. R. 6256.0500). A person possessing or selling turtles or turtle eggs in Minnesota must also comply with local and federal laws that regulate these activities. The following turtle species are considered native to the State of Minnesota:

Lizards, Snakes, and Salamanders

Currently lizards, snakes, and salamanders are unprotected wild animals, except those listed as Endangered or Threatened (see top of page), and may be sold for pets if legally obtained or collected (Note - It is often unlawful to collect wildlife on many types of city, county, state, or federal lands). Although these species are currently unprotected, many face significant conservation issues, so we discourage the collection and sale of wild-caught animals. A person possessing or selling lizards, snakes, or salamanders in Minnesota must also comply with local and federal laws that regulate these activities.

Permits

For frog, toad, or turtle importation or commercial sale questions or permits, please contact: fisheries.permits@state.mn.us

For information about endangered and threatened species, visit: www.dnr.state.mn.us/ets/index.html

Additional Information

Remember to think long term! It is important to have plans in place for animals if you or your children no longer wish to keep them.