State drafts regulations to protect snapping turtle - WFSB 3 Connecticut

State drafts regulations to protect snapping turtle

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

Connecticut environmental officials are proposing regulations to protect the state's population of snapping turtles.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection wants to limit the trapping of the turtles to a season that would run from July 15 to Sept. 30.

Turtle trappers would be allowed to take 30 snappers per season and five in a single day.

The proposed regulations also would prohibit the taking of snapping turtle eggs and the disturbance of turtle nests.

Jenny Dickson, a senior wildlife biologist with DEEP, tells the Republican-American newspaper that a demand for turtle meat and eggs in other parts of the world has led to an increase in trapping, and a need for regulations.

The snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in Connecticut.