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Absolutely not. They're wild animals, meant to be wild. They're not tame, they weren't meant to be tame. Wild animals should stay wild IMO unless it's to help them (such as endangered species) but even there there should be a game plan for release if possible IMO.
I agree wild animals should stay wild. It was always so annoying when people would come to the pet store I worked in, say they or their kid caught something in the yard and then ask me how to take care of it. I would always tell them to let it go. You can pretty much buy anything you want as a pet, even native animals, like red ear sliders, so if you really want it as a pet you can purchase it from a breeder. Plus they are a lot healthier/cleaner if purchased rather than captured from outside.
ETA: I do think it's okay to carefully and gently catch animals or insects to "play" with or for learning experiences for kids and general observances, but I think the animal needs to be released as quickly as possible. My parents used to catch little snakes, frogs or caterpillars for us to look at, but they always put them back where they found them.
Last edited by Barlea; July 19th, 2010 at 01:08 PM.
Just wanted to add the legal aspect of it-- I don't know about the state you're located in, but in WA state obtaining and 'owning' wildlife without a permit (which is extremely hard to obtain) is illegal and results in fines... Just food for thought. Doesn't mean people follow that law