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Tennessee Reptile Laws
Tennessee Laws on Turtles:
From the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Rules and Regulations:
1200-14-1-.36 SALE OF TURTLES PROHIBITED
It shall be unlaful for a person to sell, barter, exchange or otherwise transfer any turtle as a pet; or to import or cause to be imported any type of turtle in the State of Tennessee for such purposes.
1200-14-1-.37 SALE OF TURTLES FOR SCIENTIFIC, EDUCATIONAL, OR FOOD PURPOSES EXEMPTED
Rule 1200-14-1-.36 does not apply to the sale of Turtles to institutions for scientific or educational purposes, nor the sale of Turtles for food purposes.
Tennessee Snake Law At A Glance:
1. Native snake species are regulated @ the species level. A kingsnake is just that, wether it be a California Kingsnake or a Speckled Kingsnake. Both are the same species and both are considered to be "native" to Tennessee.
2. If you want to own a "native species" you must have proof that it was obtained legally. Such as purchased from a licensed breeder, and proven with a valid reciept from that breeder.
3. If you purchased a regulated ("native species") outside on Tennessee, you must purchase an "Importation Permit" from the TWRA.
4. In order to breed a "native" snake, you must obtain a "Propagation Permit" from the TWRA. Those who purchase this will have to keep an accurate record of deaths, births, and sales. You may also be subject to inspection any time.
5. Venomous species are PROHIBITED for personal posession
6. Exotic Species (Boa's and Pythons) are not regulated at the state level, but may be regulated by county/city ordinances. These may include size limitations.