TonyI25 wrote:Weren't all the types of frogs out in the hobby field wild caught at one point? It has to start somewhere. I think we are helping the population by them breeding in captivity. The animals don't have to worry about deforestation, predators, any kind of threat besides hobbyist not taking adequate care of the animal.
Tony, most of us aren't concerned with small harvest of a handful of pumilio pairs from the wild, we are concerened when 10,000 pumilio are taken from a country in the span of just a few years, with absolutely no regard for the sustainability or health of the population they are being taken from.
The idea that CB pumilio are helping wild populations is unfounded. The idea of re-releasing CB frogs to reinvigorate or restore the health of the wild population has been almost entirely ineffective over the years. CB frogs may take some pressure of the collecting of wild populations, but year after year we see large numbers of the same pumilio imported, so it would seem that this isn't really having that effect with pumilio.
True, frogs will likely live longer in captivity, assuming the owner knows what they are doing. But there are plenty of pumilio populations that have been imported in large numbers that have little to no presence in the hobby. This leads many of us to believe that often times people buy these frogs and don't keep them alive.