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New Hampshire State Amphibian

New Hampshire State Amphibian(By Bruce Lucas – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0link. Note: I modified the background.)

New Hampshire was the first state to adopt an official amphibian. The prime mover behind the campaign was Goffstown High School science teacher Philip Browne. Browne thought the red-spotted newt, which is very sensitive to acid rain, would be a good tool for promoting environmental awareness.

The newt campaign spawned a lot of jokes and cartoons, along with a new state nickname: Newt Hampshire.

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