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Posted by mike z on April 20, 2003 at 19:46:11:
In Reply to: Re: Rodent vs Amphibians - My perspective [up dated] posted by Colchicine on April 20, 2003 at 10:42:47:
...in general that the "there is so many we can never take them all" attitude is dangerous and has often proven disasterous. The commercial fisheries of my native New England is a perfect example.
I do also believe that there are times when it can prove true. I like Ed's characterization of certain species as "weed species". The grey squirrel is an example. We can shoot them, poisen them, run them over by the thousands and still there are more today than there used to be. I believe bull frogs and green frogs are similar in their ability to survive and even proseper among Man's disturbance.
Nevertheless, I would rather err to the side of caution regarding conservation issues. If I suspected, or if someone showed me convincing evidence of damage to the environment due to my collecting, I would stop.
At that point I would evaluate my need or desire to keep hognose captive on an unnatural diet. Truthfully, I think I'd likely stop keeping them all together. This would be a personal choice based on how I feel, not a condemnation of rodent diets.