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Petition to Nebraska Governor, Nebraska State House

Give Nebraska a State Reptile

A couple days ago I was curious about my home state, Nebraska, and what it stood for. When I got home I looked up the symbols that Nebraska symbolizes as. What I was surprised to see was that Nebraska hasn't entirely filled out its state symbols. Amphibians, mushrooms, and a official state food are a small number of  symbols that haven't quite been decided yet. Feeling that Nebraska could add more. I thought that a symbol that Nebraska could add is a state reptile. The premise of a state reptile is nothing new. The first recognized state reptile was the common collared lizard. It was officially added as Oklahoma's state reptile in 1969 which was forty eight years ago. Currently twenty six states have a reptile to call their own, which is a little more than half the current number of American states. The states that have one even include Nebraska's border states such as Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming, so four out of the six states Nebraska borders has a reptile symbol. Most of the state symbols are turtles which is a common reptile throughout most of the United States, in fact the most used state reptile is the painted turtle. I'm not asking for the amount of official state reptiles that Florida has which is 3 and are state reptile, state saltwater reptile, and state tortoise. Just one recognized reptile would be enough for Nebraska in my opinion. I hope everyone considers that we should have one and that it isn't a rejected idea. Also on March 1st this year Nebraska just turned the ripe old age of one hundred and fifty years old. Wouldn't this be a fine birthday gift? I know that in the past  states didn't receive a state reptile because it didn't make it past the voting stage or the senate didn't approve, such as Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Some of the most important people in this process is the public themselves and interest they show. The only things that I want out of the chosen animal is that it's a reptile native to a large part of Nebraska and isn't an overly done animal, that's it. You can leave suggestions in comments for what you want as Nebraska's state reptile. So that was my take on the issue and I hope you like, sign, and share my petition! Also if you're wondering the picture is of a great plains skink.

Justin Sanders
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