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Friendly Florida frog fixing to get official?

by Dara Kam | April 29th, 2011

After listening to its deep-throated croak, the Florida Senate unanimously moved to make the barking tree frog the state’s official amphibian.

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.

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6 Responses to “Friendly Florida frog fixing to get official?”

  1. Mayra Says:

    Frogs are slimy discusting creatures.Why would anyone want a frog to represent Florida. What about a alligator or Pink Flammingo ? Why does it have to be a discusting,slimy,bumpy creature that sounds like a barking dog?

  2. Jeb Says:

    A “barking frog”? Sounds more like the mascot for the NO-JOBS-FOR-YOU! Republicans that waste their time on irrelevant junk like this. But then this was less damaging to Floridians than the plethora of their other reverse-Robin-Hood legislation that the mindless tea partyers came up with. Given that, why not take even more time to filibuster on also considering the slew of pythons, or the packs of nile monitor lizards as the state reptile. Then too, tea party republicans could also be up for the state reptile since they are the pack of voracious money-eating dinosaurs in the house…

  3. APB Says:

    Mayra,you are an idiot! It will be the official amphibian. Maybe you need to go back to school and learn a little about the animal kingdom! Last I recall, a flamingo is a bird! LOL

  4. Carol Says:

    This is actually the ONLY good piece of legislation coming out of this years legislature! Too bad they didn’t need to spend more time on it, so there would be less time for them to rape the state….

  5. Unreal Says:

    Will it be a crime now to let them die in your pool?

  6. Unreal Says:

    @Carol
    State rape is getting to be a big problem, usually brought on by overdoses of fund raising and lying. Maybe we need a database!

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