My older brothers took up soccer and so I'd spend my time around those rains soaked fields looking for frogs. I occasionally smuggled a frog or two back home. I don't think it's the cause, but my parent's house still has pacific tree frogs living in the window-wells and flower baskets.
In high school I started reading books about herps. In independent study biology, I built a tadpole tank that was self-sustaining (with only the additions of light and occasionally water). It was displayed in the biology class with some pacific tree-frog tadpoles in it. It stopped sustaining itself when pens, spit wads, and a textbook were added (by the special Ed biology class).
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