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Will barking tree frog become offical state amphibian?



barkingfrog__23877_zoom.jpgAs of this moment, the Senate hasn't taken up House Speaker Dean Cannon's controversial Supreme Court overhaul bill (Hmmm. How many votes did the bill lose over night?), but they did vote unanimously to make the barking tree frog the state's official amphibian.

Sen. Steve Oelrich, R-Cross City sponsored the bill, saying the frog is friendly and can be held for a long time, without causing warts. The frog is also known for its lovely coloring, he said, and is so attractive it was once featured as a centerfold in the magazine, Florida's Fabulous Reptiles and Amphibians.

Oelrich handed out pictures of the attractive frog and played audio of its "bark." 

The trouble? A companion bill in the House, sponsored by Rep. Charles Chestnut, D-Gainesville, is languishing in committee. Maybe Cannon is waiting to see what happens with his courts bill.

[Last modified: Friday, April 29, 2011 11:09am]


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