University of Illinois Extension

Reptiles and Amphibians

Reptiles and amphibians are protected in Illinois. It is illegal to kill or collect these animals on public land in Illinois without a permit. If collecting on private land, permission must be secured first. Collected reptiles and amphibians must be captured with devices designed not to cause death or serious injury. If captured animals are to be released, they must be returned to the place where they were captured.

The Illinois Dangerous Animals Act prohibits private individuals from keeping venomous snakes in captivity, or from keeping large (over six feet) constricting snakes. Illinois state law prohibits the commercial sale of any wild-caught snake or any of their parts, eggs, or offspring. Check with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for details on the capture limits and season.

State endangered and threatened species may not be possessed, harbored, cared for, sold, offered for sale, handled, harassed, harmed, or imported without a permit from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.