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Missouri: The bullfrog state?

Students’ idea has a KC representative
hopping to turn frog into the state amphibian
Tuesday, January 25, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 10:03 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — The croak of the bullfrog might soon become the new call of the wild here in Missouri.

A bill proposed by Rep. Susan Phillips, R-Kansas City, would make the North American bullfrog the official state amphibian.

“You can’t go outside on a Missouri summer night and not hear the bullfrogs singing,” Phillips said.

The idea came from a group of elementary students in Kansas City with whom Phillips spoke last spring.

“Really, the idea didn’t originate with me,” Phillips said. “It was all them.”

The bullfrog would join two other aquatic state symbols, the paddlefish and the channel catfish, as well as the hadrosaur, the state dinosaur.

Phillips was surprised to learn that a Columbia University study classified the bullfrog as cannibalistic.

“I can only imagine the questions I would get on the House floor,” Phillips said.

Despite the animal’s questionable appetite, Phillips said she remains confident that her proposal will become law. She plans to do her best to prevent it from croaking.

“The students made every representative bullfrogs holding American flag pins,” Phillips said. “I’ll have to pass those out.”


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