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Nevada has 9 taxa which include 4 species of amphibians, 1 species of snake, 3 species or subspecies of lizards and 1 species of tortoise that are listed as either Threatened or Protected by Sec. 503.080 of the Nevada Administrative Code (N.A.C.).  It is important to note that in some cases protection is provided at the species level, but in other cases protection is provided at the subspecies level.  There is no open season on Threatened or Protected species.  It is unlawful to collect or possess any species or subspecies listed as either Protected or Threatened without possession of a valid scientific collecting permit. Unprotected species MAY NOT be commercially collected without a commercial collecting permit.

The species or subspecies listed below are those that are protected under Sec. 503.080 of Nevada Administrative Code:


Northern Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens)  -  Protected

Relict Leopard Frog (Rana onca)  -  Protected

Spotted Frog (Rana luteiventris)  -  Protected

Amargosa Toad (Bufo nelsoni)  -  Protected


Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis pyromelana)  -  Protected


Gila Monster(Heloderma suspectrum)  -  Protected

Sierra Alligator Lizard (Elgaria coerulea palmeri)  -  Protected

Shasta Alligator Lizard (Elgaria coerulea shastaensis) ) -  Protected


Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizi)  -  Threatened *

(*) = The Desert Tortoise in Nevada is also protected as a Threatened Species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The table below, provided by the Nevada Department of Wildlife, provides a listing of all unprotected species of reptiles and amphibians that may be collected for personal, non-commercial purposes along with bag and possession limits for each. No hunting license is required for the non-commercial take of these unprotected species. It is important to note that if a species is not listed on the following table it MAY NOT be collected.

2011 & 2012 Non-Commercial Collecting Seasons and Limits for Live, Unprotected Reptiles and Amphibians

The information on this page was last updated on April 6, 2011.

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