Beginner frog/toad owner
Hello all, I'm new here. I've never considered taking frogs/toads from outside to be kept as pets but I've only just discovered that a lot of people really do this and it's allowed (for some).
Anyway, earlier this week I caught what I THINK is an American Toad(let). It's very small and I figured out today the best way to feed it might be to put it outside in the grass (right where I found it actually) inside a play pen (that I originally fashioned for rats). Then it could feed on little insects that it sees in the grass without getting away. I've seen it eat so I'm considering keeping it, if it hadn't I was just going to let it go free again.
Also, there's a ton of Northern Leopard Frogs up here. When you're walking up nature trails tons of them hop away from you. I was thinking of trying to get one or two as well.
Anyway, my main question: Is there anyone here that keeps either American Toads or Northern leopard frogs? If there is, how do you deal with the winter situation when they are supposed to hibernate? Or do you just let them go free in the fall and get some more next season? OR is it okay to just keep them at room temperature? Anyone???