Giant Salamander could be new Idaho state symbol

Giant Salamander could be new Idaho state symbol

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The Idaho Giant Salamander

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by AP

KREM.com

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 11:04 AM

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Move over monarchs and mountain bluebirds: there could be a new state symbol coming to Idaho.

The Idaho Giant Salamander could soon join the state's other icons under a measure introduced in the House State Affairs Committee Wednesday.

Ila Hickman, a 6th grader at Burley's White Pine Elementary, presented the proposal declaring the Idaho Giant Salamander as the state amphibian of Idaho.

She's been working on this since she was a 4th grader and said 26 of her classmates support the bill.

Nampa Republican Rep. Brent Crane invited Hickman's fellow students to come testify on the measure.

Twelve-year-old Hickman said the salamander is a perfect fit because it bears the state's name -- and its skin pattern resembles the state's Bitterroot Mountain Range, crossed by the explorers Lewis and Clark.

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