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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.

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Bureau of Statistics. 2007 www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs
Casey, K. 1996 Attracting Frogs to Your Garden. Kimberley Productions, Brisbane.
Colborn, T., and Clement,C. 1992 Chemically induced alterations in sexual and functional development: the wildlife/human connection. Princeton Scientific Publishing Co, Princeton, New Jersey.
Daszak, P., Cunningham, A.A., and Hyatt, A.D. 2000. Infectious diseases and amphibian population declines. Diversity and Distributions 9:141-150.
FATS. 2007 www.fats.org.au/publications/frogfacts/frogfacts2
Johnson, M., and Speare R. 2003. Survival of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in water: quarantine and control implications. Emerging Infectious Diseases 9(8):922-925.
Pyke, G.H., and White, A.W. 2000. Factors influencing predation on eggs and tadpoles of the endangered Green and Golden Bell Frog Litoria aurea by the introduced Plague Minnow Gambusia holbrooki. Australian Zoologist 31(3):496-505.
Stebbins, R.C., and Cohen, N.W. 1995 A Natural History of Amphibians. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey.
Vitt, L.J., Caldwell, J.P., Wilbur, H.M., and Smith, D.C. 1990. Amphibians as harbingers of decay. BioScience 40:418.
White, A.W. 1995. Disappearing frogs. Australian Zoologist 30:1-9.
White, A.W. and Burgin, S. 2004. Current status and future prospects of reptiles and frogs in Sydney's urban-impacted bushland reserves. Pp 109-123 in Urban Wildlife. More than meets the eye, edited by D. Lunney and S. Burgin. Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, Mosman, NSW.
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Berger, L., Speare, R., and Hyatt, A. 1999. Chytrid fungi and amphibian declines: overviews, implications and future directions. In Declines and Disappearances of Australian Frogs, edited by A. Campbell. Environment Australia. Pp 23-33.
Bureau of Statistics. 2007 www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs
Casey, K. 1996 Attracting Frogs to Your Garden. Kimberley Productions, Brisbane.
Colborn, T., and Clement,C. 1992 Chemically induced alterations in sexual and functional development: the wildlife/human connection. Princeton Scientific Publishing Co, Princeton, New Jersey.
Daszak, P., Cunningham, A.A., and Hyatt, A.D. 2000. Infectious diseases and amphibian population declines. Diversity and Distributions 9:141-150.
FATS. 2007 www.fats.org.au/publications/frogfacts/frogfacts2
Johnson, M., and Speare R. 2003. Survival of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in water: quarantine and control implications. Emerging Infectious Diseases 9(8):922-925.
Pyke, G.H., and White, A.W. 2000. Factors influencing predation on eggs and tadpoles of the endangered Green and Golden Bell Frog Litoria aurea by the introduced Plague Minnow Gambusia holbrooki. Australian Zoologist 31(3):496-505.
Stebbins, R.C., and Cohen, N.W. 1995 A Natural History of Amphibians. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey.
Vitt, L.J., Caldwell, J.P., Wilbur, H.M., and Smith, D.C. 1990. Amphibians as harbingers of decay. BioScience 40:418.
White, A.W. 1995. Disappearing frogs. Australian Zoologist 30:1-9.
White, A.W. and Burgin, S. 2004. Current status and future prospects of reptiles and frogs in Sydney's urban-impacted bushland reserves. Pp 109-123 in Urban Wildlife. More than meets the eye, edited by D. Lunney and S. Burgin. Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, Mosman, NSW.
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