Friendly Florida frog fixing to get official?by Dara Kam | April 29th, 2011
The diminutive critter can be found throughout Florida except in the Keys and parts of the Everglades and was the featured centerfold in the “popular book Florida’s Fabulous Reptiles and Amphibians,” the bill (SB 502) sponsor Steve Oelrich said in his pitch.
Listen to the barking tree frog.
It’s also attractive and “relatively easy to hold,” Oelrich, R-Cross City, explained.
“Whereas many toads will try to jump out of your hand when you try to hold them, the barking tree frog is a very friendly frog” and wart-free, he said.
But that wasn’t enough for Sen. Gwen Margolis, a former Senate president.
“I just wondered if I kissed him if he would turn into a prince,” Margolis, D-Miami, asked.
“I’ll have to do. Meet me in the bubble,” Oelrich joked.
The House has not yet voted on its companion bill.