Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) Jeannette Bastedo and Jason Smith have reported that on October 20, 2108, they responded to a complaint from the Ulster County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) regarding a couple in the town of Saugerties in possession of a snapping turtle.
ECOs Bastedo and Smith responded to the residence and confirmed that the animal was a large snapping turtle. According to the resident, she bought the turtle and did not know it was illegal to possess it without a permit. The turtle was seized and safely transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator. DEC officers charged the woman with illegally possessing the turtle.
Turtles, snakes, lizards, or salamanders native to New York may NOT be harvested, taken or possessed without a permit.
Photo of seized snapping turtle provided by DEC.