Under the Dome

North Carolina lawmakers (finally) move to name a state marsupial

Just when you think state lawmakers are all business, a group of Republican lawmakers files a bill to designate a state fossil, frog, salamander, marsupial and folk art.

The bill is worth a read during the hours-long House session expected today. Primary sponsors include Reps. Marilyn Avila, Susan Martin, Pat McElfraft and Roger West.

But to steal the suspense, the bill would make the state fossil the teeth of a megalodon shark; the state frog a pine barrens tree frog (Hyla andersonii, for you science geeks); the state salamander the marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum); the state marsupial the Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana); and the state folk art Vollis Simpson's whirligigs.

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