Turtles are aquatic or terrestrial reptiles that have horny toothless jaws and a bony or leathery shell into which the head, limbs, and tail can be withdrawn in most species. They have dry scaly skin and enjoy basking in the sun. All species of turtles lay eggs.
Sea Turtles - Family Cheloniidae
Loggerhead Sea Turtle (threatened)
Green Sea Turtle (endangered)
Kemp"s Ridley Sea Turtle (endangered)
Snapping Turtles - Family Chelydridae Outdoor Alabama Magazine Article
Leatherback Sea Turtles - Family Dermochelyidae
Atlantic Leatherback (endangered)
Emydid Turtles - Family Emydidae
Alabama Red-bellied Turtle (endangered)
Mud and Musk Turtles - Family Kinosternidae
Flattened Musk Turtle (threatened)
Tortoises - Family Testudinidae
Gopher Tortoise (western population threatened)
Softshell Turtles - Family Trionychidae
Turtles are protected by regulation and by law. These regulations include, but are not limited to:
"No person shall take, attempt to take, sell or possess any turtle egg or turtle or parts thereof from the wild in this state, to include public and private waters, for commercial purposes. This is not to prohibit the operations of properly permitted 'Turtle Farmers' or 'Turtle Dealers' as defined in Rule 220-2-.142."
"This is not to prohibit the removal of turtles from a privately constructed farm pond by the landowner or his agent while controlling nuisance animals as long as the turtles are not sold or traded for anything of value."
"Nothing in this regulation prohibits the taking for personal use of up to two legal turtles per day by hand, dip net or hook and line however, no person shall take more than two turtles per day from the wild in this state, to include public and private waters."
"It shall be unlawful to possess more than one box turtle or to offer for sale, sell, or trade for anything of value any box turtle (Terapene spp.), box turtle part or reproductive product except by permit as outlined in 220-2-.92."
"No person, firm or corporation shall import or cause to be imported, any nonindigenous turtle species for the purpose of propagation."