Proposed Wyoming state amphibian heads to governor’s desk

Tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum), Shutterstock

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s governor will consider a proposal by high school students to recognize the state’s only species of salamander.

A bill designating the blotched tiger salamander as Wyoming’s state amphibian cleared the Wyoming House on a 50-9 vote Monday. The bill earlier passed the Senate.

Students at Pathfinder High School in Lander came up with the idea.

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Read more about Pathfinder’s push to recognize the salamander here.

State representatives debated Monday whether to change the bill to recognize the small, greenish salamander as the state salamander rather than state amphibian.

Republican Rep. Bob Nicholas, of Cheyenne, says he didn’t want to rule out the state amphibian designation for Wyoming’s 11 other species of amphibians.

The House rejected the idea before sending the measure to Gov. Mark Gordon.

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