Nevada wardens seize 187 illegal African frogs

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- The Grow-a-Frog Web site says its sells "not just an ordinary frog."

But the mail-order African clawed frog tadpoles are illegal in Nevada, North Carolina and at least nine other U.S. states.

Acting on scores of telephone tips from unsuspecting owners, Nevada game wardens said they determined Grow-a-Frog was the source of nearly 200 African clawed frogs they've seized in recent weeks.

The Florida-based Grow-a-Frog has agreed to pay a $3,600 fine and stop sending the unwelcome guests to Nevada.

Nevada Department of Wildlife warden Capt. Cameron Waithman said the clawed green creatures live mostly in the water and grow as large as bullfrogs. He says they can destroy entire ecosystems by voraciously eating native fish, and just about anything else they can swallow.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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