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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 prior to beginning the project to ensure that there will not be any impacts to 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 pertaining to rare species.

Activity periods

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

Species Fall Activity (2021)
Blanchard’s cricket frog Blanchard’s cricket frogs are currently inactive/overwintering
Blanding's turtle Blanding’s turtles are currently inactive/overwintering.
Butler’s gartersnake Butler’s gartersnakes are currently inactive/overwintering.
Eastern massasauga rattlesnake Eastern massasauga rattlesnakes are currently inactive/overwintering.
Eastern (northern) ribbonsnake Eastern ribbonsnakes are currently inactive/overwintering.
Ornate box turtle Ornate box turtles are currently inactive/overwintering.
Queensnake Queensnakes are currently inactive/overwintering.
Slender glass lizard Slender glass lizards are currently inactive/overwintering.
Western ribbonsnake Western ribbonsnakes are currently inactive/overwintering.
Wood turtle Wood turtles are currently inactive/overwintering.