Cicada87 Posted September 13, 2012 Report Share Posted September 13, 2012 For anyone who lives in Virginia, I was going to take a herping trip at Pocahontas State Park in search for a hatchling Eastern Mud Turtle. This is the time when the baby bottom crawlers are abundant! A lot of herp hobbyiest go there. They allow camping, hunting and fishing(with a fee of course), everything seemed fine. Yet my mother, who doesn't want me to go, had to read all about it on different websites and according to one she went on, it said that you can't take any wild life home with you without contacting Richmond Headquarters - and for educational purpose only. Wtf? The Eastern Mud Turtle is not a protected species nor is threatened at all. Under VA state law, you can keep one of each unprotected/clear status species of turtle, for personal purpose only(like pets) even without a wildlife license, I own wild turtles at home. However, educational use requires a license. How do they allow fishing and hunting, yet I can't take a turtle home? This doesn't make sense. It's not like the turtle is owned by them! The Swift Creek Lake travels far throughout the county, not just the state park. I might be able to get away with it, this info I got may be invalid too. Do they check your bags before you set up on the campgrounds or check them when you leave? BTW, Don't look at me like a thief or smuggler, but I'm pretty upset if that someone can haul a dead deer in their truck or grill some fish at a campfire, yet I can't take a common species of turtle which will be in a loving home with an experienced turtle owner. My stinkpot just turned 10. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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