Reptiles & Amphibians - Enforcement and Penalties - Georgia

(a) Except as otherwise provided by law, rule, or regulation, it shall be unlawful to hunt, trap, fish, take, possess, or transport any nongame species of wildlife, except that the following species may be taken by any method except those specifically prohibited by law or regulation: . . .

(7) Fresh-water turtles; 

(8) Poisonous snakes;

(9) Frogs;

(10) Spring lizards . . .

(b) The nongame species enumerated in subsection (a) of this Code section may be taken by any method except those specifically prohibited by law or regulation.

(c) Nothing in this Code section shall be construed to authorize the taking of any species which is protected under the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973, P.L. 93-205, as amended, or under any state law which has as its purpose the protection of endangered or threatened species.

Citation: Ga. Code Ann. § 27-1-28.

(a) The following animals are considered to be inherently dangerous to human beings and are subject to the license or permit and insurance requirements provided for in subsection (f) of Code Section 27-5-4:...

(2) Class Reptilia:

(A) Order Crocodylia:

(i) Family Crocodylidae (crocodiles, gavials, etc.)--All species;

(ii) Family Alligatoridae--(alligators and caimans)--All species;

(B) Order Squamata:

(i) Suborder Serpentes:

(I) Family Elapidae (cobras, coral snakes, etc.)--All species;

(II) Family Viperidae (adders, vipers, etc.)--All species;

 (III) Family Colubridae--All poisonous rear-fanged species (Opisthoglypis);

 (IV) Family Crotalidae (pit vipers)--All species;

(ii) Suborder Lacertilia: Family Helodermatidae (Gila monsters and beaded lizards)--All species . . .

(b) Except as provided in this Code section, a license or permit is required for the following wild animals and any others specified by regulation of the board:...

(3) Class Amphibia (Order Anura):

(A) Family Bufonidae (toads): Bufo marinus, Bufo paracnemis, Bufo horribilis (giant or marine toad group)...

(c) Any person who on July 1, 1994, possessed a wild animal for which a license or permit was not required prior to July 1, 1994, shall have until January 1, 1995, to apply for a fee-exempt permit, provided that the requirements of this chapter relating to insurance and humane handling, care, and confinement of wild animals are met. Such permits shall only be valid for wild animals possessed prior to July 1, 1994, and shall not authorize breeding, importation, sale, or transfer without specific authorization from the department.

Citation: Ga. Code Ann. § 27-5-5.