08.03.11.05

.05 Permits.

A. Except as provided in Regulation .04D—F of this chapter, a person shall obtain a reptile and amphibian permit from the Department in order to:

(1) Possess more than four individuals, live or dead, of each reptile or salamander listed in Regulation .03A of this chapter, of which only four of each reptile or salamander may have been taken from the wild;

(2) Possess more than four adults and 25 eggs or tadpoles, live or dead, of each frog or toad listed in Regulation .03A of this chapter, of which only four adults and 25 eggs or tadpoles of each frog or toad may have been taken from the wild;

(3) Possess more than one individual, live or dead, of any species or subspecies listed in Regulation .03B of this chapter, of which:

(a) No wood turtles, spotted turtles, or diamond-backed terrapins, or their eggs, may have been taken from the wild; and

(b) Only one eastern box turtle, eastern painted turtle, midland painted turtle, eastern mud turtle, northern red-bellied cooter, stinkpot, broad-headed skink, eastern six-lined racerunner, eastern hog-nosed snake, queen snake, or common ribbonsnake may have been taken from the wild; or

(4) Breed, attempt to breed, sell, offer for sale, trade, or barter any reptile or amphibian as allowed by Regulations .06 and .07 of this chapter.

B. A permittee may possess an unlimited number of any reptiles or amphibians listed in Regulation .03A and B of this chapter that are:

(1) Captively produced and documented as described in Regulation .11B of this chapter;

(2) Legally obtained from outside of Maryland and documented as described in Regulation .11B of this chapter; or

(3) Obtained from a licensed reptile and amphibian rescue service, veterinarian, or wildlife rehabilitator if documentation accompanies the reptiles or amphibians.

C. Issuance of Permit.

(1) The Director may issue a reptile and amphibian permit to possess, breed, sell, offer for sale, trade, or barter reptiles or amphibians only after the Director is satisfied that the issuance of a permit will not be detrimental to the protection and conservation of native reptiles or amphibians.

(2) The Department may issue a reptile and amphibian permit for activities authorized in this chapter to a person who has submitted a completed application on a form provided by the Department, and a fee of $10. The permit is valid from the date of issuance until the following December 31.