In California, it is illegal to sell, buy, injure, take, possess, transport or throw a projectile at a turtle (Gopherus) (California Fish and Game Code 5000). It is illegal to have a turtle as a pet unless it was acquired before 1972. (California Fish and Game Code 5001). While there is no legal limit to the number of desert tortoises a California resident can own in the state, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife strongly advises against keeping males and females together in captivity or breeding desert tortoises in captivity. In Nevada, desert tortoises can legally be kept as pets if they were kept in captivity before being included in the Endangered Species Act (August 4, 1989 (50 Code of Federal Regulations 17.4, Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 503.093). The offspring of legally kept desert tortoises are protected from inclusion under the Endangered Species Act (50 Code of Federal Regulations 17.4). Taking, taking is defined as harassment, harm, persecution, hunting, shooting, injury, killing, capture, capture or gathering, or attempting to engage in such conduct (Section 3 (19) of the Federal Endangered Species Act, 1973, as amended). The possession, basic supply, or non-commercial transfer of these children in captivity is not prohibited (16 U.S. Code 1532, 50 Code of Federal Regulations 17.3). NAC 503,093 requires that any desert tortoise that is not already held in captivity on or before August 4, 1989 must be acquired through an adoption program approved by the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service and registered with the Tortoise Group. The release of captive pets or desert turtles into the wild is illegal without prior authorization from the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NAC 503.135, NRS 501.105, NRS 501.181, NRS 503.597). In California, it is illegal to release your pet turtle (or turtle) into the wild. It is illegal to destroy turtle shelters while catching them in the wild. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has an adoption program for captive Mojave Desert turtles. For more information, please call 801-538-4701 or download/view the PDF. No turtle that has been in captivity can be released into the wild. Therefore, the release of a captive turtle species into the wild is a violation of the Federal Endangered Species Act, Arizona Revised Law 17-306, the California Endangered Species Act, Nevada Administrative Code (NAC 503.135, Nevada RS 501.105, NRS 501.181, NRS 503.597), and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (Rule R657-53-6).
So these are California`s turtle laws. Different states have different turtle populations, and most states have laws that focus on native turtle populations, and sometimes they forget to cover some non-native populations. If state laws don`t mention that you can legally own a particular species of turtle that isn`t endangered, then you probably can, as long as you don`t break any other laws regarding turtles. If you want to be absolutely sure, you can always contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which deals with wildlife. You can find in the resources section of this article the official website where I did some research for this article, you will also find a contact page there if you want to ask them a more specific question. Partner of the Southwest in the conservation of amphibians and reptiles. 2019. Desert tortoise.
(accessed 5.10.2019). The American Tortoise Rescue warns that Sulcata turtles can live up to 50 years and tip the scales at 200 pounds. There`s an excess of sulcatas in rescue centers, says Susan Tellem, co-founder of American Tortoise Rescue, the result of homeowners who don`t know how to handle giant reptiles that „move furniture easily“ and like to dig yards until lawns look like „minefields.“ If you have room for a Sulcata turtle, do not go to a breeder, push them, but adopt one in a rescue center. Although Sulcata turtles are legal, there is one turtle in California whose possession is illegal. The desert tortoise is the only turtle species that can be kept illegally as a pet in California. 1. It is illegal to sell, buy, injure, take, possess or transport native turtles (gopherus). Non-native speakers are legal.2. Non-native species cannot be introduced without a permit. In 2010, the state stopped issuing permits. Native reptiles and amphibians are *Note that I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. The materials available on this website are provided for informational purposes only and not for legal advice.
This information should cover the basics of what you need to know about sea turtle laws. If you want to get a permit to work with sea turtles, you should visit the Fish and Wildlife Government website, where you will find all the details you need: www.fws.gov. It is the law in the state of California that a permit is required to possess a desert tortoise, Gopherus agassizii, as well as any other species of Gopherus tortoise such as a Texas tortoise (G. berlandieri) or a gopher tortoise (G. polyphemus). Anyone with a desert tortoise must complete a California Department of Fish and Wildlife Desert Tortoise Permit Application Form, available in PDF format on this website. There is no fee for this permit.