June 20, 2021

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New legislation prohibiting possession of most indigenous reptiles, amphibians now in impact

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.VA. — New restrictions making it unlawful to take or possess most native reptiles and amphibians for any motive are now in result in West Virginia.

“Reptiles and amphibians are a precious wildlife resource and however we’ve had many substantial poaching situations involving these animals,” said Kevin Oxenrider, amphibian and reptile application leader for the West Virginia Division of All-natural Assets.

“When it arrives to the unlawful wildlife trade, individuals do not believe about turtles, snakes and salamanders. But these animals phone West Virginia dwelling, so we want to make confident we’re undertaking everything we can to protect them so they can continue on to provide their ecological purpose in the atmosphere.”

Prohibited Native West Virginia Amphibian and Reptile Species – The new restrictions prohibit the getting and possessing of 26 salamander species, 13 frog and toad species, 6 lizard species, 23 snake species and 12 turtle species.

Salamanders
• Streamside salamander
• Jefferson salamander
• Noticed salamander
• Marbled salamander
• Modest-mouthed salamander
• Green salamander
• Eastern hellbender
• Cave salamander
• West Virginia spring salamander
• Four-toed salamander
• Popular mudpuppy
• Pink-noticed newt (japanese newt)
• Pink-backed salamander
• White-spotted slimy salamander
• Northern ravine salamander
• Northern slimy salamander
• Valley and ridge salamander
• Cumberland plateau salamander
• Cheat Mountain salamander
• Yellow-noticed woodland salamander
• Cow Knob salamander
• Southern ravine salamander
• Shenandoah Mountain salamander
• Wehrle’s salamander
• Midland mud salamander
• Northern pink salamander

Frogs and Toads
• Blanchard’s cricket frog
• Eastern cricket frog
• American toad
• Fowler’s toad
• Cope’s gray treefrog
• Grey treefrog
• Pickerel frog
• Northern leopard frog
• Wood frog
• Mountain chorus frog
• Spring peeper
• Upland chorus frog
• Eastern spadefoot

Lizards
• Jap six-lined racerunner
• Northern coal skink
• Typical 5-lined skink
• Broad-headed skink
• Jap fence lizard
• Very little brown skink

Snakes
• Jap copperhead
• Japanese wormsnake
• Northern black racer
• Timber rattlesnake
• Northern ring-necked snake
• Jap hog-nosed snake
• Jap kingsnake
• Japanese black kingsnake
• Jap milksnake
• Widespread watersnake
• Northern rough greensnake
• Clean greensnake
• Eastern ratsnake
• Crimson cornsnake
• Gray ratsnake
• Northern pinesnake
• Queen snake
• Dekay’s brownsnake
• Crimson-bellied snake
• Prevalent ribbonsnake
• Jap gartersnake
• Japanese smooth earthsnake
• Mountain earthsnake

Turtles
• Midland smooth softshell
• Eastern painted turtle
• Midland painted turtle
• Noticed turtle
• Wood turtle
• Northern map turtle
• Ouachita map turtle
• Jap river cooter
• Northern crimson-bellied cooter
• Eastern musk turtle
• Woodland (eastern) box turtle
• Red-eared slider

Exceptions to New Reptile and Amphibian Regulation – While the new regulations make it illegal to consider or possess indigenous reptiles and amphibians, there are exceptions for men and women who have prepared permission from the WVDNR Wildlife Resources Main. Individuals may perhaps also lawfully choose and have bullfrogs, green frogs, snapping turtles and japanese spiny softshell turtles.

“We know that these turtles and frogs are frequently gathered for intake, so we required to make positive there was an exception that allowed folks to even now get them and take in them,” Oxenrider stated.

Authorization to Possess Lawfully Attained Reptiles or Amphibians – The new laws also make it possible for for people today who arrived into possession of a prohibited indigenous reptile or amphibian ahead of March 23, 2021 to obtain authorization from the WVDNR to lawfully retain possession of the animal for the relaxation of its everyday living. These who would like to ask for an authorization letter really should get in touch with their regional WVDNR district place of work or total an online application, obtainable at WVdnr.gov. Authorization requests should be submitted no later than March 31, 2022.

People with questions about the new regulations really should contact their area WVDNR district office or call 304-558-6200. To obtain an updated duplicate of West Virginia’s reptile and amphibian regulations, check out WVdnr.gov.