Bullfrog Debate Croaks On For North Carolina Amphibian Choice

A group of schoolchildren has won support from state legislators to make the bullfrog the official state amphibian.

But scientists figure there are better choices.

The House has passed the bill, which is pending in the Senate.

The state Herpetological Society says the bullfrog is a little too common in a state with a diverse amphibian population.

Alvin Braswell is curator for amphibians and reptiles at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. He says the bullfrog is --not-- unique to North Carolina and has already been named the state amphibian in Iowa, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Representative Tim Spear of Washington County introduced the bill on behalf of the students. He says the bullfrog is found everywhere in North Carolina and is easy for everyone to identify.