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Push for state salamander passes Va. House, heads to Senate

(Virginia State Parks)

RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- You can probably name our state's official tree, bird, or point at the state flag, but one group of students believes there should also be a state salamander.

Salamander Savers 4-H Club out of Fairfax has inspired HB459, that would make the red salamander Virginia's state salamander.

The bill successfully passed through the House of Delegates Monday.

Students in the 4-H club told WRIC in Richmond that the red salamander can be found in many parts of the commonwealth.

The group has been working with Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn from Fairfax Station for more than a year to raise awareness of salamanders, so she sponsored the bill.

If the bill passes, the red salamander would find itself on the state's officials list of emblems and designations.

The bill now heads to the Senate for a vote.

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