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reptiles that have horny toothless jaws and a bony or leathery shell into which the head, limbs, and tail can be withdrawn in most species.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

Common Snapping Turtle

Alligator Snapping Turtle 


Leatherback Sea Turtles - Family Dermochelyidae

Atlantic Leatherback (endangered)


Emydid Turtles - Family Emydidae


Southern Painted Turtle 

Eastern Painted Turtle 

Eastern Chicken Turtle 

Barbour’s Map Turtle 

Escambia Map Turtle 

Northern Map Turtle 

Black-knobbed Sawback 

Ouachita Map Turtle

Alabama Map Turtle

Mississippi Diamondback Terrapin 

Alabama Red-bellied Turtle (endangered)

River Cooter

Florida Cooter 

Eastern Box Turtle 

Pond Slider 


Mud and Musk Turtles - Family Kinosternidae


Striped Mud Turtle 

Eastern Mud Turtle

Razor-backed Musk Turtle 

Flattened Musk Turtle (threatened)

Loggerhead Musk Turtle 

Eastern Musk Turtle (Stinkpot)



Striped-necked Musk Turtle 



Tortoises - Family Testudinidae

Gopher Tortoise (western population threatened)


Softshell Turtles - Family Trionychidae

Gulf Coast Smooth Softshell 

Florida Softshell 

Midland Smooth Softshell


Eastern Spiny Softshell 

Gulf Coast Spiny Softshell 




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."