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Archive for April 11th, 2007

Legislators select a state frog

Posted by Miqe on April 11, 2007

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.

From The Bellingham Herald.

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Counting up adders

Posted by Miqe on April 11, 2007

PEOPLE in Cumbria are being asked to report sightings of adders as experts believe the north’s only poisonous snake is disappearing.

There has been a recent fall in the number of sightings around Penrith and other noted localities in the region.

Reptile expert Dr Tony Gent believes urban development is leading to the loss of the reptile’s native habitat.

From North-West Evening Mail

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How did an 18ft python end up dead on a country road?

Posted by Miqe on April 11, 2007


The snake’s body was found by a dog-walker

This 18ft python should be slithering through the jungle.

But yesterday on a country road in North Yorkshire it was going nowhere fast.

A man out walking his dog got the shock of his life when he stumbled upon its body.

Baffled police are trying to find out how the fully grown reptile wound up in the village of Cloughton near Scarborough, a million miles from its natural habitat.

Ann Tindall, who lives nearby and also spotted the snake, said: “It was a real surprise to see it. You just cannot believe that something like this could be found somewhere like Scarborough.

“We measured it and it came to about 17.7ft.”

Police said the snake had started to decompose by the time it was discovered, and environmental

After analysing the photo, one reptile expert said the snake was probably an African rock python.

Inspector Simon Lovell, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “We have no idea where it came from. The suggestion has been made that maybe it had outgrown somebody and been dumped as a result or dumped after it died.

“More inquiries will be made into the matter. Certainly there are no signs that it has been deliberately killed.”

Over a million people in England own an exotic reptile.

Snakes are becoming increasingly popular as pets, although many owners underestimate the difficulties of looking after them.

From thisislondon

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