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.