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Old 16th October 2016   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there! So I have a wild-caught leopard frog (northern I believe). What happened was that I was working in a store and one came in with our feeder goldfish because they come from a pond in PA. I am located in PA. My coworkers were morons and I wasn't there at the time, so they put the frog in with our fire belly toad! When I came in a few days later and found out, I took the leopard frog home. At the time I was also working at a zoo and a coworker there told me that even though this type of frog is native to the area, I should not release it because it could pass pathogens from the fire belly toad to the native wildlife and cause problems. The last thing I wanted to do was upset the ecosystem so I set up and enclosure and took it home. It has been three months approx. and the frog is still alive. However, I feel it is unhappy and extremely nervous. It hides ALL the time and if its hiding place is disturbed (to spray or to check on it), he flips out. He only eats the crickets I provide, I have not seen him eat from the dish I sometimes put bugs in. Would it still be dangerous to release him? He is still wild and I just feel sorry for him. His current setup is decently nice, but it isn't like being in nature. What do you think? Thanks!
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