Wyoming Declares a State Amphibian
With the stroke of Governor Mark Gordon’s pen the blotched tiger salamander has been dubbed the Wyoming state amphibian.
According to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD), the new state amphibian, which is scientifically referred to as Ambystoma mavortium melanostictumis found across the majority of the state.
The creature is most active between March and September. In spring into early summer, adult salamanders migrate to areas of shallow water to breed.
According to County10.com, students from Pathfinder High School in Lander came up with the concept and even testified before the State Legislature to support their proposal.
In 2017, amphibians were among other species that WGFD determined showed a great need for conservation.