Whatever the merits of the regulation, the law is the law, and we must respect that. Over the past year, I have been contacted several times about the legality of selling undersized turtles. In these stores, I realized that while there are common misconceptions about them, few people seem to have actually read the regulations. If you don`t have one, it`s illegal and punishable. Note: The term “turtle” includes all animals commonly referred to as turtles, turtles and turtles. You can also find a list of legal/illegal turtles on the California Game and Fish Department website. AZ has a very complete list of what can be kept with a permit, without permission, and not at all. So check out their website to see. Is it illegal to own turtles in California? No, you can legally own a turtle in California, it all depends on the species.

There are some legally protected endangered species that are illegal to possess, but most common species are not endangered and you can own them as pets. It is illegal to sell or market endangered or endangered turtle species in any way. I was wondering if anyone had a list of illegal and legal turtles in Los Angeles, California? I was told that black turtles are illegal here, if that`s not true, someone can tell me where I could get one In 1975, the U.S. government passed regulations with the stated purpose of protecting sea turtle eggs, reducing environmental damage, and reducing health risks. In short, this law makes it illegal to sell turtles under 4 inches. This is the law. It is illegal to own an endangered turtle species without a license or permit from the state. It is illegal to destroy turtle shelters while catching them in the wild.

It is illegal to own any of the seven species of sea turtles: loggerhead turtles, green sea turtles, leatherback turtles, hawksbill turtles, kemps bastard turtles, olive bastard turtles, and flat-backed turtles. *Please note that I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. The materials available on this website are for informational purposes only and not for legal advice. (a) Definition. As used in this section, the term “turtles” includes all animals commonly referred to as turtles, turtles, turtles and all other animals of the order Testudinata, class Reptilia, with the exception of marine species (families Dermochelyidae and Cheloniidae). It is illegal to take turtles in national or state parks. I think black turtles are on the ESA map? If so, you`ll need a federal permit to purchase one across state borders.