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Old 04-04-2013, 12:35 AM   #1 
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Pacific tree frogs illegal to keep in WA

I was wondering if it was illegal to keep pacific tree frogs in washington. I did some research and read in most states you cant keep them. but that doesnt answer my question.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:48 AM   #2 
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I don't thinks so. If I remember correctly, the Pacific Tree Frog was deemed Washington's state amphibian.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:52 AM   #3 
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well i mean keep as a pet. they have been Wa state amphibian siince 2007.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:11 AM   #4 
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I think it's legal to own one as a pet, they're native to the area so I wouldn't see anything wrong with owning one.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:14 AM   #5 
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yeah i agree with you. i have a pond with them in it. i would also like answers from other people too. i like to have different responces from different people.
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:17 AM   #6 
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While I don't know if it's legal to keep them as pets, it is illegal in most places to take animals out of the wild without a collection permit. Personally, I'm an advocate for keeping captive-bred reptiles and amphibians because they're typically healthier and take better to captivity than their wild-caught counterparts.

Edit: I just did a search on these guys and it looks like they're a protected species. Here's the link to the paper - http://www.dfw.state.or.us/species/amphibians/docs/LWW_Pacific_Treefrog_final.pdf
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:23 AM   #7 
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thanks.
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:25 AM   #8 
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:50 PM   #9 
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I don't know how WA is, but here in Michigan, you have to have the full fishing license to collect insects, reptiles, arthropods, and amphibians from the wild. I would look into that before wild-collecting anything from anywhere.

HOWEVER, It would not be worth the fines you'd earn yourself from collecting a protected species. I would try to see if there were any way to find a captive bred specimen or two (you could always try breeding them in captivity to help preserve the species).
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tthats what im doing right now. but heard it might be illegal to keep them.
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