California tree frogs are supposed to be protected too, last I knew. From what my mom told me when we got a bunch of tadpoles, is they are on the federal protection list. Definitely no crossing the state lines with them or being caught by the park ranger. Or maybe that was for San Diego, but I'd assume that would be elsewhere too. Then again, its possible they were listed because the area was protected/a reserve. There were also spadefoot toads there that were/are protected and faerie shrimp which are actually protected too. Regular people didn't really care when they saw us. All the tadpoles were stuck in drying up rain puddles, so we saved a bunch.
With that said, there is TONS of frogs down by the river where I live. I'll be going out tomorrow and see if I can't find any tadpoles. I'll only keep three or four. But, frogs are super cute. They even learn to talk back to you if you can make the ribbit sound they make.
Edited by Vendayn, March 4 2015 - 7:32 PM.