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Posted by Engloid on December 24, 2002 at 19:00:48:
In Reply to: He's absolutely correct...more.... posted by ECO on October 03, 2002 at 21:37:30:
:Tennessee is one of the "harshest" states there is with regards to native wildlife collection. ALL reptiles and amphibians are fully protected and may not be collected, killed or even disturbed in /from the wild. Technically, even if you photograph herps in TN, and then make a slide show out of them and charge $1.00 for people to get and see it, you're breaking the law (profiting off of native wildlife.) The only exceptions are frogs and snapping turtles which have a legal hunting season. Hope this helps.........ECO
::all right... i was at a fair thingy and some guy from a nature center told me it was absolutely illegal to collect herps in tennessee... i was like huh? does anyone know if this is true? i checked on search engines but it didn't bring up anything.... anyways i had always read that you were allowed to collect stuff and he said you can't collect ANYTHING at all from the wild in Tennessee...was he just saying this so i wouldn't catch anything or is it true?
Somebody else posted a link to the actual law. Here it is cut and pasted:
(d) Exceptions. The provisions of this section are not applicable to:
(1) The sale, holding for sale, and distribution of live turtles and viable turtle eggs for bona fide scientific, educational, or exhibitional purposes, other than use as pets.
(2) The sale, holding for sale, and distribution of live turtles and viable turtle eggs not in connection with a business.
(3) The sale, holding for sale, and distribution of live turtles and turtle eggs intended for export only, provided that the outside of the shipping package is conspicuously labeled "for export only."
(4) Marine turtles excluded from this regulation under the provisions of paragraph (a) of this section and eggs of such turtles.
notice subsection (2) "The sale, holding for sale, and distribution of live turtles and viable turtle eggs not in connection with a business."
So if you are "holding for sale" and "not in connection with a business" you are legally allowed to keep turtles... or at least based on this above statute.