15A NCAC 10H .1302      POSSESSION OF REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS

(a)  Permits required. Possession permits are required for the possession, importation, transportation, purchase, and sale of:

(1)           25 or more individuals of any combination of native amphibian species; or

(2)           five or more individuals of native reptile species.

(b)  Permits not required. Possession permits are not required for the possession, importation, transportation, purchase, and sale of:

(1)           24 or fewer individuals of any combination of native amphibian species; or

(2)           four or fewer individuals of native reptile species, except snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) less than 11 inches (curved carapace length) shall not be possessed. Individuals in possession of snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) less than 11 inches (curved carapace length) prior to May 1, 2017 are exempt from this restriction.

(c)  Unauthorized activities. Nothing in this Rule shall be construed to authorize the collection of any wildlife resources from the wild or the taking, possession, transportation, sale, purchase, or release to the wild of any wildlife resources or their parts in violation of State or federal laws or regulations. At no time shall permitted animals be released to the wild, except under situations of research or rehabilitation with written permission from the Wildlife Resources Commission.

(d)  Denial of possession permits. Circumstances for which, and persons to whom a possession permit shall not be issued include:

(1)           for the purpose of holding reptiles and amphibians that were acquired unlawfully;

(2)           for the purpose of holding reptiles and amphibians for unlawful sale or trade;

(3)           for the purpose of possessing or selling snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) less than 11 inches (curved carapace length) however, individuals in possession of snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) less than 11 inches (curved carapace length) prior to May 1, 2017 are exempt from this restriction;

(4)           to persons who collect five or more individual native turtles or terrapins from the families Emydidae or Trionychidae from the wild in a given year, except those entities exempted from collection in Paragraph (c) of Rule .1301 of this Section;

(5)           to persons who collect five or more individuals in aggregate from other native reptile families or 25 or more individual amphibians from the wild in a given year without first having secured a valid Collection License;

(6)           to persons found to be in violation of Collection License, Endangered Species Permit, or Possession Permit requirements as provided in 15A NCAC 10B .0119, 10I .0100, and 10H .1300.

(7)           to persons who do not first obtain possession permits prior to acquiring the following wildlife resources unless the acquisition of these animals was made prior to May 1, 2007 and a permit was acquired within 12 months of that date:

(A)          25 or more individuals of any combination of native amphibian species; or

(B)          five or more individuals of native reptile species.

(e)  Term of Permit. The permit shall be valid from January 1 through December 31 of the applicable year.

(f)  Reports on Permitted Animals. Each individual permitted under this Rule shall submit a report to the Wildlife Resources Commission within 15 days following the date of expiration of the permit. The report shall show the numbers of each species held under the permit and the use or disposition thereof. The Executive Director may require additional information for statistical purposes such as the source and date of acquisition of additional animals and the sex, size, weight, condition, reproductive success and approximate age of each animal in possession.

(g)  Other Requirements and Restrictions. The Executive Director may, pursuant to G.S. 113-274(c), impose such other requirements and restrictions on persons permitted under this Rule as he may deem to be necessary to the efficient administration of the wildlife conservation statutes and rules.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-274(c)(1c);

Eff. May 1, 2007;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2017; May 1, 2009.