Stamas introduces class-inspired bill to name the gray tree frog as the state amphibian

LANSING, Mich. — On behalf of fifth graders at Blessed Sacrament School in Midland, Sen. Jim Stamas on Thursday introduced legislation to name the gray tree frog as Michigan’s official state amphibian.

“I am working with Mr. Bevier’s fifth grade class at Blessed Sacrament to help them learn about state government,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “The students were introduced by their teacher to the gray tree frog, which is common in Michigan, and they keep two of them as class pets. As they learned about the frog and state government, they discovered Michigan doesn’t have a state amphibian. When I visited their classroom, they proposed making the gray tree frog as our official state amphibian.”

At least 24 other states have a designated state amphibian. Michigan has several state symbols, including the brook trout as the state fish and the painted turtle as the state reptile.

Senate Bill 803 would designate the eastern gray tree frog, hyla versicolor, as the state amphibian.

“This will be a unique educational experience for these students about the legislative process in Michigan,” Stamas said.

SB 803 has been referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee for consideration.

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