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Birds

Non-protected birds

House (English) sparrows, and European starlings.

Non-protected mammals

Armadillos, Norway and black rats, and house mice.

Frogs

Frogs, except Pine Barrens tree-frogs, gopher frogs and Florida bog frogs, may be taken throughout the year by gigs, clubs, blowguns, hook and line or manually; or by shooting with a .22 caliber or smaller firearm during daylight hours. Frog species classified as threatened or endangered may not be possessed or taken. See Rule 68A-26.002, F.A.C. at www.flrules.org for more information.

Turtles

Freshwater turtles and eggs taken from the wild may not be sold. Take, transport or possession of alligator snapping turtles and Barbour's map turtles is prohibited.

The following species have a possession limit of two: loggerhead musk turtles, box turtles, Escambia map turtles and diamondback terrapins.  Taking Escambia map turtles, cooters, and snapping turtles from the wild is prohibited. For all other freshwater turtles, take is limited to one turtle per person per day (midnight to midnight) from the wild for noncommercial use.  Freshwater turtles only may be taken by hand, dip net, minnow seine or baited hook. Many freshwater turtles species may be taken year round, but softshell turtles may not be taken from the wild from May 1 to July 31. In addition, collecting of freshwater turtle eggs is prohibited. See Rule 68A-25.002, F.A.C. at www.flrules.org External Website for more information.

It is illegal to take, attempt to take, pursue, hunt, harass, capture, possess, sell or transport gopher tortoises, parts thereof, or their eggs without a permit. It is illegal to molest, damage or destroy gopher tortoise burrows. For information about gopher tortoises and permits, please visit MyFWC.com/GopherTortoise.

Snakes

Florida pine snakes may not be sold, bought or possessed for sale, nor shall any person possess more than one Florida pine snake, unless the snake is amelanistic or albino. Short-tailed snakes, Keys ringneck snakes, and rim rock crowned snakes may not be taken. Red rat snakes, Peninsula ribbon snakes, and Florida brown snakes from the Lower Keys may not be taken. See Rule 68A-25.002, F.A.C. at www.flrules.org External Website for more information.

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