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Herptile Regulations

Blanding's Turtle

All native herptiles (herps) are considered protected and have some level of protection. An overview of state regulations related to amphibians and reptiles can be found in Wisconsin's Amphibian and Reptile Regulations.

For any planned land-disturbing activities, an Endangered Resources Review should be conducted before beginning the project to ensure that there will not be any impacts on rare species and that planned activities are in compliance with Wisconsin’s Endangered Species Law (s. 29.604 Wis. Stats.), as well as other laws about rare species.

Activity periods

If your Endangered Resources Review has required or recommended timing restrictions or the installation of amphibian and reptile exclusion fencing about a species’ activity period, please use the table below. 

Species Fall Activity (2022)
Blanchard’s cricket frog Blanchard’s cricket frogs are now inactive for the year.
Blanding's turtle Blanding’s turtles are now inactive for the year.
Butler’s gartersnake Butler’s gartersnakes are now inactive for the year.
Eastern massasauga rattlesnake Eastern massasaugas are now inactive for the year.
Eastern (northern) ribbonsnake Eastern ribbonsnakes are now inactive for the year.
Ornate box turtle Ornate box turtles are now inactive for the year.
Queensnake Queensnakes are now inactive for the year.
Slender glass lizard Slender glass lizards are now inactive for the year.
Western ribbonsnake Western ribbonsnakes are now inactive for the year.
Wood turtle Wood turtles are now inactive for the year.