- Skip Navigation

Note: This message is displayed if (1) your browser is not standards-compliant or (2) you have you disabled CSS. Read our Policies for more information.

Reptiles and Amphibians Reptiles and Amphibians

General Regulations | Inland Trout Regulations | Lake Michigan and Tributaries
Ohio River Regulations | Reptiles and Amphibians | Black Bass Regulations
Statewide Size and Bag LimitsSpecies Identification | Where to Fish

All reptiles and amphibians native to Indiana are protected by law.

Species of frogs, lizards, salamanders, snakes, toads or turtles (including box turtles) on the state or federal endangered species list may not be collected from the wild at any time.

Species specified as game animals (common snapping turtle, smooth softshell turtle, spiny softshell turtle, bullfrog and green frog) may be collected in compliance with license requirements, season dates, bag limits and legal trapping methods.

Indiana residents over age 17 must possess a valid hunting or fishing license when collecting species of reptiles and amphibians. All non-resident adults and most non-resident youth must possess a non-resident annual hunting license.

Non-game reptiles and amphibians may not be taken from any DNR property without a scientific purposes license. See for a list of Indiana’s native species. The possession limit for nonendangered, non-game species is four, with the exception of the Eastern box turtle.

Collected species may not be sold. Legally collected amphibians or reptiles kept in captivity less than 30 days may be released only at their original capture site if they have never been housed with another animal.


Species Season Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit Restrictions
Game turtle
common snapping turtle
smooth softshell turtle
spiny softshell turtle
year-round 25* 50* Turtle traps may be used but may not have an opening below the water surface
Game frogs
bull frog
green frog
June 15-April 30 25* 50* Frogs may be taken with gig or spear with ahead not more than 3 inches in width and a single row of tines, long bow and arrow, club, hands alone, or pole or hand line with not more than one hook or artificial lure attached. Firearms used for frog hunting are restricted to a .22-caliber firearm loaded with bird shot only.
* “Singly or in aggregate”, which means the catch limit includes any combination of the species.

NOTE: The possession limit is two days daily bag limit.