Chapter 1. Turtles of California Fish And Game Code >> Division 5. >> Chapter 1.
It is unlawful to sell, purchase, harm, take, possess,
transport, or shoot a projectile at, a tortoise (Gopherus). This
section does not apply to the taking of a tortoise when authorized by
The provisions of Section 5000 do not prohibit the possession
of any tortoise (Gopherus) when the owner can demonstrate that such
tortoise was legally acquired and possessed before the effective date
of this section. The owner of a tortoise which may be possessed
under this section shall mark or otherwise identify such tortoise to
the satisfaction of the department, and shall not transfer such
tortoise to any other person without prior approval of the
The department may issue permits, subject to any terms and
conditions prescribed by the commission, authorizing the possession
of a tortoise (Gopherus) or product of a tortoise by an educational
or scientific institution or a public zoological garden.