State Specific Permit & Show Information
Potential and current vendors, please review these pages to become familiar with Repticon’s rules and show schedule, and also to review State and local laws and requirements. You may also register for tables using our online form or contact the appropriate vendor coordinator.
Mississippi Rules & Information
These Rules & Information are provided as a convenience to Repticon vendors and exhibitors, and may not be comprehensive for every animal. Each vendor is responsible for researching and complying with all current laws regarding their animals.
Mississippi Animal Restrictions
- No permit is required for non-native reptiles. Reptiles native to Mississippi may NOT be sold.
- Native amphibians are also restricted.
- Native cornsnake, kingsnake, and other native species morphs MAY be sold so long as the morphs are readily recognizable.
- However, morphs which are locally found in the wild, such as Okeetees corns, are not allowed.
- NO hets of these species may be sold as they cannot be visually distinguished from normal animals.
- For any questions, please contact the MS State Herpetologist, Dr. Bob Jones, at the MS Museum of Natural History at 601-354-7303.
Please also review the native species list at the bottom of this page.
The Repticon Memphis Venomous Protocol for Mississippi is as Follows:
(Please review if you are a Venomous Vendor!)
- No more than one venomous reptile in each container unless animals are for “Display Only”.
- Red tape only on ALL containers that have venomous reptiles in them. This includes all potentially dangerous rear fanged snakes (determined at the discretion of Repticon staff).
- No venomous snake will be allowed away from the vendor’s table without a venomous escort provided by Repticon.
- Deli cups containing venomous reptiles will be placed in such a fashion that customers cannot pick them up.
- All Venomous reptiles must be sexed and labeled prior to the opening of the event.
- All venomous reptiles must be housed in secured, taped and unbreakable containers and labeled with no less than the common name.
- No venomous reptiles may be removed from containers and lids of such containers shall not be removed, except in the designated area. NO venomous reptile will be taken out of its container nor will the container be unsealed under any circumstances other then in the designated area.
- Waivers – All vendors with venomous snakes must sign a waiver upon check in and have all customers do the same.
- Venomous snakes are not to be sold to anyone under 18 or to anyone who obviously does not possess the knowledge or experience to handle venomous snakes.
Venomous reptiles which have been sold will be tagged and remain at vendors’ booth until buyer is departing from show. Customer is to sign a waiver; then advise customer to return when ready to depart from the building. At this time the vendor will give the waiver and reptiles to show staff volunteers who will escort the customer as they exit the show. Any vendor not adhering to this policy and giving their customers venomous reptiles purchased may be ejected from the show immediately and no refund issued.
Baptist Memorial Hospital – DeSoto
7601 Southcrest Parkway
Southaven, MS 38671
(662) 772-4000 (local in Memphis area)
– Below is a list of reptiles native to Mississippi.
|Testudines (Turtles)||Kinosternidae - Musk and Mud Turtles||Eastern Mud Turtle Kinosternon subrubrum
Razorback Musk Turtle Sternotherus carinatus
Loggerhead Musk Turtle Sternotherus minor
Common Musk Turtle Sternotherus odoratus
|Trionychidae - Softshell Turtles||Smooth Softshell Trionyx mutica
Spiny Softshell Trionyx spinifera
|Chelydridae - Snapping Turtles||Common Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina
Alligator Snapping Turtle Macroclemys temmincki
|Emydidae - Pond Turtles||Chicken Turtle Deirochelys reticularia
Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina
Alabama Map Turtle Graptemys pulchra
Ringed Map Turtle Graptemys oculifera
Black-knobbed Map Turtle Graptemys nigrinoda
Yellow-blotched Map Turtle Graptemys flavimaculata
Pascagouls Map Turtle Graptemys gibbonsi
Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta
Slider Pseudemys scripta
Alabama Redbelly Turtle Pseudemys alabamensis
Mississippi Redbelly Turtle Pseudemys sp.
River Cooter Pseudemys concinna
Cooter Pseudemys floridana
Diamondback Terrapin Malaclemys terrapin
|Testudinidae - Tortoises||Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus|
|Lacertilia - Lizards||Gekkonidae - Geckos||Mediterranean Gecko Hemidactylus turcicus|
|Scincidae - Skinks||Southeastern Five-lined Skink Eumeces inexpectatus
Broadhead Skink Eumeces laticeps
Five-lined Skink Eumeces fasciatus
Coal Skink Eumeces anthracinus
Ground Skink Scincella lateralis
|Anguidae - Anguid Lizards||Eastern Glass Lizard Ophisaurus ventralis
Slender Glass Lizard Ophisaurus attenuatus
Mimic Glass Lizard Ophisaurus mimicus
|Teiidae - Whiptails||Six-lined Racerunner Cnemidophorus sexlineatus|
|Polychridae - Anoles||Green Anole Anolis carolinensis|
|Iguanidae - Iguanas||Eastern Fence Lizard Sceloporus undulatus|
|Serpentes - Snakes||Colubridae - Colubrid Snakes||Eastern Ribbon Snake Thamnophis sauritus
Western Ribbonsnake Thamnophis proximus
Common Garter Snake Thomnophis sirtalis
Rough Earth Snake Virginia striatula
Smooth Earth Snake Virginia valeriae
Mississippi Green Water Snake Nerodia cyclopion
Plainbelly Water Snake Nerodia erythrogaster
Northern Water Snake Nerodia sipedon
Southern Water Snake Nerodia fasciata
Queen Snake Regina septemvittata
Glossy Crayfish Snake Regina rigida
Graham's Crawfish Snake Regina grahamii
Brown Snake Storeria dekayi
Redbelly Snake Storeria occipitomaculata
Ringneck Snake Diadophis punctatus
Eastern Worm Snake Carphophis amoenus
Rainbow Snake Farancia erytrogramma
Mud Snake Farancia abacura
Eastern Hognose Snake Heterodon platyrhinos
Southern Hognose Snake Heterodon simus
Southeastern Crowned Snake Tantilla coronata
Pine Woods Snake Rhadinaea flavilata
Scarlet Snake Cemophora cocinea
Common Kingsnake Lampropeltis getula
Prairie Kingsnake Lampropeltis calligaster
Milk Snake Lampropeltis triangulum
Corn Snake Elaphe guttata
Rat Snake Elaphe obsoleta
Gopher Snake (Pine Snake, Bull Snake) Pituophis melanoleucus
Rough Green Snake Opheodrys aestivus
Indigo Snake Drymarchon corais
Racer Coluber constrictor
Coachwhip Masticophis flagellum
|Elapidae - Coral Snakes||Eastern Coral Snake Micrurus fulvius|
|Viperidae - Vipers||Copperhead Agkistrodon contortrix
Cottonmouth Agkistrodon piscivorus
Pigmy Rattlesnake Sistrurus miliarius
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Crotalus adamanteus
Timber Rattlesnake Crotalus horridus
|Crocodilia- (Crocodiles)||Crocodylidae - Crocodiles||American Alligator Alligator mississippiensis|