Small but loud Pacific chorus frog named Washington amphibian
OLYMPIA — Last week, the onion. This week, the frog.
A week after declaring the Walla Walla sweet onion Washington state’s official vegetable, the state Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to declare a small loud frog the official state amphibian.
“I recommend to you this 1½-inch-long little frog that sings in choruses,” Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Olympia, told the Senate.
Barring an unexpected veto by Gov. Chris Gregoire, the Pacific chorus frog — known to science as Pseudacris regilla — will join the ranks alongside Washington’s official state fish, gem, fruit, insect, grass, fossil and dance, among others.
“We didn’t hear a word from the salamander lobby, so evidently the frog is it,” said Sen. Darlene Fairley, D-Seattle.
It’s the state’s most abundant frog, apparently, and a remarkably loud one, according to Fraser.
“They can sing so loud they can drown out traffic and even hit 90 decibels,” she said.
This type of frog is also a good fit for the Evergreen State, Fairley said.
For one thing, it’s found in both Eastern and Western Washington.
“It is indeed a one-Washington frog,” said Fairley.