220-2-.92 Protected Nongame Species

(1) It shall be unlawful to take, capture, kill, or attempt to take, capture or kill; possess, sell, trade for anything of monetary value, or offer to sell or trade for anything of monetary value, the following nongame wildlife species (or any parts or reproductive products of such species) without a scientific collection permit or written permit from the Commissioner, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which shall specifically state what the permittee may do with regard to said species:

  1. (a) FISHES

Common Name Scientific Name
• Cavefish, Alabama Speoplatyrhinus poulsoni
• Cavefish, Southern Typhlichthys subterraneus
• Chub, Shoal Macrhybopsis hyostoma
• Chub, Spotfin Erimonax monachus
• Darter, Bankhead Percina sipsi
• Darter, Blotchside Persina burtoni
• Darter, Bluebreast Etheostoma camurum
• Darter, Boulder Etheostoma wapiti
• Darter, Brighteye Etheostoma lynceum
• Darter, Coldwater Etheostoma ditrema
• Darter, Crystal Crystallaria asprella
• Darter, Goldline Percina aurolineata
• Darter, Halloween Percina crypta
• Darter, Holiday Etheostoma brevirostrum
• Darter, Lipstick Etheostoma chuckwachatte
• Darter, Lollipop Etheostoma neopterum
• Darter, Rush Etheostoma phytophilum
• Darter, Scaly Sand Ammocrypta vivax
• Darter, Slackwater Etheostoma boschungi
• Darter, Slenderhead Percina phoxocephala
• Darter, Snail Percina tanasi
• Darter, Trispot Etheostoma trisella
• Darter, Tuscumbia Etheostoma tuscumbia
• Darter, Vermilion Etheostoma chermocki
• Darter, Watercress Etheostoma nuchale
• Logperch, Blotchside Percina burtoni
• Madtom, Frecklebelly Noturus munitus
• Madtom, Mountain Noturus eleutherus
• Minnow, Suckermouth Phenacobius mirabilis
• Sculpin, Pygmy Cottus paulus
• Shad, Alabama Alosa alabamae
• Shiner, Blackmouth Notropis melanostomus
• Shiner, Blue Cyprinella caerulea
• Shiner, Bluestripe Cyprinella callitaenia
• Shiner, Broadstripe Pteronotropis euryzonus
• Shiner, Cahaba Notropis cahabae
• Shiner, Dusky Notropis cummingsae
• Shiner, Ironcolor Notropis chalybaeus
• Shiner,Palezone Notropis albizonatus
• Sunfish, Spring Pygmy Elassoma alabamae
• Sturgeon, Alabama Scaphirynchus suttkusi
• Sturgeon, Gulf Acipenser oxyrhynchus desotoi
• Sturgeon, Lake Acipenser fulvescens


Common Name Scientific Name
• Amphiuma, One-toed Amphiuma pholeter
• Frog, Gopher Lithobates capito
• Frog, Mississippi Gopher Lithobates sevosus
• Frog, River Lithobates heckscheri
• Frog, Wood Lithobates sylvaticus
• Hellbender, Eastern Cryptobranchus sp
• Salamander, Reticulated Flatwoods Ambystoma bishopi
• Salamander, Eastern Tiger Ambystoma tigrinum
• Salamander, Green Aneides aeneus
• Salamander, Red Hills Phaeognathus hubrichti
• Salamander, Seal Desmognathus monticola
• Salamander, Seepage Desmognathus aeneus
• Salamander, Small-mouthed Ambystoma texanum
• Salamander, Southern Dusky Desmognathus auriculatus
• Salamander, Southern Red-backed Plethodon serratus
• Salamander, Tennessee Cave Gyrinophilus palleucus
• Treefrog, Pine Barrens Hyla andersonii
• Waterdog, Black Warrior Necturus alabamensis


Common Name Scientific Name
• Lizard, Eastern Slender Glass Ophisaurus attenuatus longicaudus
• Lizard, Mimic Glass Ophisaurus mimicus
• Skink, Coal Plestiodon anthracinus
• Skink, Southeastern Five-Lined Plestiodon inexpectatus
• Snake, Pine Pituophis melanoleucus spp.
• Snake, Eastern Indigo Drymarchon couperi
• Snake, Eastern King Lampropeltis getula getula
• Snake, Eastern Coral Micrurus fulvius
• Snake, Gulf Salt Marsh Nerodia fasciata clarkii
• Snake, Prairie King Lampropeltis calligaster calligaster
• Snake, Rainbow Farancia erytrogramma
• Snake, Black Speckled King Lampropeltis nigra
• Snake, Southern Hognose Heterodon simus
• Terrapin, Diamondback Malaclemys spp.
• Tortoise, Gopher Gopherus polyphemus
• Turtle, Alabama Red-bellied Pseudemys alabamensis
• Turtle, All Map Graptemys spp.
• Turtle, Flattened Musk Sternotherus depressus
• Turtle, Alligator Snapping Macrochelys temminckii
• Turtle, Razor-backed Musk Sternotherus carinatus

Informational Note: See Section 9-11-269, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to protection of the flattened musk turtle (Sternotherus depressus)


All nongame birds are protected under the provisions of this regulation except crows, starlings, English sparrows, Eurasian collared doves, pigeons, and other non-native species


Common Name Scientific Name
• Bat, Brazilian Free-tailed Tadarida brasiliensis
• Bat, Eastern Small-footed Myotis Myotis myotis leibii
• Bat, Gray Myotis Myotis grisescens
• Bat, Indiana Myotis sodalis
• Bat, Little Brown Myotis lucifugus
• Bat, Northern Long-eared Myotis septentrionalis
• Bat, Northern Yellow Lasiurus intermedius
• Bat, Rafinesque's Big-eared Corynorhinus rafinesquii
• Bat, Southeastern Myotis austroriparius
• Bat, Tricolored Perimyotis subflavus
• Gopher, Southeastern Pocket Geomys pinetis
• Manatee, West Indian Trichechus manatus
• Mouse, Alabama Beach Peromyscus polionotus
• Mouse, Meadow Jumping Zapus hudsonius
• Mouse, Perdido Key Beach Peromyscus polionotus
• Shrew, Pygmy Sorex hoyi
• Shrew, Smoky Sorex fumeus
• Cottontail, Appalachian Sylvilagus obscurus
• Rabbit, Marsh Sylvilagus palustris
• Skunk, Spotted Spilogale putorius
• Weasel, Long-tailed Mustela frenata
• Allegheny, Woodrat Neotoma magister

(f) Other State or Federally protected nongame species.

(2) It shall be unlawful for any person to take, capture, kill or possess any bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) or pig frog (Lithobates grylio) from the public waters of this state for commercial purposes. Furthermore it shall be unlawful for any person to take, capture, kill or possess more than twenty (20) bullfrogs and pig frogs in aggregate from the public waters of this state during any twenty four (24) hour period from 12 noon to the following 12 noon.

(3) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, offer for sale or trade anything of value or possess alive any Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) without a permit from the Commissioner. Nothing herein is intended to prevent the relocation of live Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes to suitable habitat when conducted in the same day as capture and with landowner permission.