Frogs and tadpoles are no longer commonly encountered. Many modern children cannot share their parents' childhood experiences of watching frogs in a nearby swamp, or collecting tadpoles and watching them transform into young frogs. Declines in frog numbers have resulted in stronger fauna protection laws that place additional restrictions on the interactions between people and frogs. In addition, pollution, the introduction of exotic diseases that affect amphibians and the degradation of frog habitats add new stresses on existing frog populations.
For people to experience frogs, some avenues are still open. In some states, schools are allowed to hold tadpoles for class use, and specialist community groups are authorised to conduct frog-based field trips. Captive-bred frogs may be kept as pets in most states but the taking of frogs from the wild is generally illegal. People may obtain “rescued frogs” as pets but, in most cases, captive-held frogs require the acquisition of a fauna licence. For many people, establishing a frog pond and frog habitat in their backyard is the easiest and most practical way that they can experience frogs.