Make them official

Posted April 10, 2013

— The list of official state symbols would get five items longer under a bill filed Wednesday.

Added to the list of official rocks, foods, festivals and critters would be: 

State fossil: The fossilized teeth of the megalodon shark.

Frog: The pine barrens tree frog (Hyla andersonii)

Salamander: The marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum)

Marsupial: The Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana)

Folk Art: The whirligigs created by Vollis Simpson.

Possums, of course, attracted attention earlier this year because of their participation in certain New Year's Eve festivities. 

And if you've never seen the whirligigs created by Simpson, they're awfully cool:  Vollis Simpson Planned Wilson park to feature whirligigs


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