Acquired: Pet store
Posted Feb 06, 2014
I got these guys from a pet store when I got a free aquarium/terrarium from a friend. I was taken by their beautiful coloring and quiet but active lifestyle. Started with 7, but one passed away within the year.
They were a fantastic starter amphibian. My mom wasn't wierded out by them (she is queasy about non-standard pets) and I didn't feel the inclination to carry them around the house or anything because they were fidgety. They didn't require oodles of time (good thing, for a busy high school student in 3 sports) and their needs were easily met with a regular diet of crickets and occasional diet supplements. I even had the bonus of being able to create whole new habitats when I cleaned the terrarium, which was great variety for all of us.
I heartily recommend these guys IN THE STATES WHERE THEY ARE LEGAL PETS, AND ONLY WHEN YOU CAN VERIFY WHERE THEY CAME FROM. With reptiles and amphibians, I try not to buy from pet stores because I want to know more about the animal's history. As well, many states do not permit these guys as pets because too many people let them loose if they prove to not be the right pet for them, and in a lot of states these toads can survive in the wild, making them an invasive species. Invasive species are VERY detrimental to local ecosystems (read about bullfrogs in nearly any state, or rabbits in Australia) and some smart states have written laws to try to keep this from happening.