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It’s no hassle to get on the Internet and buy a kit containing adorable tadpoles from the Florida-based Grow-a-Frog company. But this is something the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks hopes you’ll never, ever do. The company may say that the animals merely morph into baby froglets that only hop around in the water, but once released in the wild by negligent owners, African clawed frogs can survive for up to 15 years, attaining the size of bulbous bullfrogs and decimating native wildlife, reports the AP. Montana prohibited the clawed frogs in 2005, but found out this fall that 65 Grow-a-Frog customers lived in Montana. The state wrote each one, saying owners needed either to return the frogs to the company or kill them. Whatever frog owners chose to do, one state official cautioned: “Please don’t flush them down the toilet. These critters are very adaptable. They could live in the sewer system.” The owner of the Grow-a-Frog company, who has agreed to pay Nevada a $3,600 fine for selling the exotic animals there, said he’d only recently learned of Montana’s ban. Ten other states besides Montana prohibit the invasive species.