NC House moves to adopt 6 new state symbols

May. 06, 2013 @ 08:19 PM

North Carolina lawmakers are moving closer to adopting new state symbols in categories ranging from folk art to fossils.

The House on Monday unanimously approved making six new additions to the wildlife, foods and festivals that have been officially recognized as symbols of the state.

The list of more than 40 would expand to include the teeth of the Megalodon shark as the official fossil, the Pine Barrens tree frog as the official frog, the marbled salamander as the official salamander, the Virginia opossum as the official marsupial, the wind-mill like whirligigs created by artist Vollis Simpson as the official folk art, and clay as the official art medium.

The additions still need Senate approval. Lawmakers added the Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly and two festivals to the list last year.

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