The following information is exerpted from the Rhode Island Department of Fish and Wildlife website (http://sos.ri.gov/documents/archives/regdocs/released/pdf/DEM/6560.pdf). Please note that only reptile & amphibian information has been provided. Please refer to the Rhode Island Department of Fish and Wildlife site for the full regulation text.
REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS
12.1 The removal from the wild, for any purposes, of any reptile or amphibian (except bullfrogs, green frogs, and snapping turtles) to include their nests and eggs is prohibited except by special permit. The taking of snapping turtles at any time is limited to the following methods: turtle traps, snagging, snaring, grabbing, jugging, bow and arrow, or while legally fishing. Turtle traps must have a metal tag attached, which, at a minimum, bears the trapper’s name and address. Jugs must be marked indelibly with name and address of trapper. The taking of snapping turtles for commercial purposes is prohibited except by special permit.
12.2 The following species of reptiles and amphibians to include their nests and eggs are protected and possession without permit is prohibited at all times: Timber rattlesnake, Crotalus horridus; northern diamondback terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin; wood turtle, Clemmys insculpta; eastern box turtle, Terrapene carolina; spotted turtle, Clemmys guttata; and bog turtle, Clemmys muhlenbergi.
12.3 The release into the wild of any non-native reptile or amphibian is prohibited.