June 20, 2021


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New WV legislation prohibiting possession of most native reptiles, amphibians now in influence

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.VA. — New laws building it illegal to acquire or have most indigenous reptiles and amphibians for any purpose are now in outcome in West Virginia, Division of Normal Resources officials declared.

“Reptiles and amphibians are a important wildlife resource and sad to say we’ve had numerous significant poaching scenarios involving these animals,” explained Kevin Oxenrider, amphibian and reptile method leader for the West Virginia Division of Purely natural Assets. “When it arrives to the unlawful wildlife trade, individuals do not assume about turtles, snakes and salamanders. But these animals contact West Virginia household, so we want to make guaranteed we’re doing every thing we can to protect them so they can carry on to serve their ecological function in the surroundings.”

The new laws prohibit the taking and possessing of 26 salamander species, 13 frog and toad species, six lizard species, 23 snake species and 12 turtle species.


  • Streamside salamander
  • Jefferson salamander
  • Noticed salamander
  • Marbled salamander
  • Little-mouthed salamander
  • Green salamander
  • Jap hellbender
  • Cave salamander
  • West Virginia spring salamander
  • 4-toed salamander
  • Frequent mudpuppy
  • Pink-spotted newt (eastern newt)
  • Purple-backed salamander
  • White-noticed slimy salamander
  • Northern ravine salamander
  • Northern slimy salamander
  • Valley and ridge salamander
  • Cumberland plateau salamander
  • Cheat Mountain salamander
  • Yellow-spotted woodland salamander
  • Cow Knob salamander
  • Southern ravine salamander
  • Shenandoah Mountain salamander
  • Wehrle’s salamander
  • Midland mud salamander
  • Northern red salamander

Frogs and Toads

  • Blanchard’s cricket frog
  • Eastern cricket frog
  • American toad
  • Fowler’s toad
  • Cope’s grey treefrog
  • Grey treefrog
  • Pickerel frog
  • Northern leopard frog
  • Wood frog
  • Mountain refrain frog
  • Spring peeper
  • Upland chorus frog
  • Eastern spadefoot


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


  • Jap copperhead
  • Japanese wormsnake
  • Northern black racer
  • Timber rattlesnake
  • Northern ring-necked snake
  • Jap hog-nosed snake
  • Eastern kingsnake
  • Eastern black kingsnake
  • Jap milksnake
  • Frequent watersnake
  • Northern rough greensnake
  • Easy greensnake
  • Jap ratsnake
  • Purple cornsnake
  • Gray ratsnake
  • Northern pinesnake
  • Queen snake
  • Dekay’s brownsnake
  • Red-bellied snake
  • Typical ribbonsnake
  • Eastern gartersnake
  • Eastern easy earthsnake
  • Mountain earthsnake


  • Midland clean softshell
  • Japanese painted turtle
  • Midland painted turtle
  • Noticed turtle
  • Wooden turtle
  • Northern map turtle
  • Ouachita map turtle
  • Eastern river cooter
  • Northern crimson-bellied cooter
  • Jap musk turtle
  • Woodland (japanese) box turtle
  • Red-eared slider

Exceptions to New Reptile and Amphibian Regulation
While the new rules make it unlawful to acquire or have native reptiles and amphibians, there are exceptions for men and women who have written authorization from the WVDNR Wildlife Means Chief. Folks may possibly also legally get and possess bullfrogs, environmentally friendly frogs, snapping turtles and eastern spiny softshell turtles.

“We know that these turtles and frogs are usually collected for use, so we required to make confident there was an exception that permitted individuals to nonetheless get them and try to eat them,” Oxenrider claimed.

Authorization to Possess Lawfully Attained Reptiles or Amphibians
The new rules also permit for persons who arrived into possession of a prohibited native reptile or amphibian prior to March 23, 2021 to get hold of authorization from the WVDNR to lawfully sustain possession of the animal for the relaxation of its everyday living. People who want to ask for an authorization letter ought to get in touch with their neighborhood WVDNR district business or entire an on the net application. Authorization requests need to be submitted no afterwards than March 31, 2022.

Those with queries about the new rules should call their local WVDNR district place of work or phone 304-558-6200.