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Eastern Hellbender Named State Amphibian

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania has a new state symbol. In Harrisburg, Governor Tom Wolf declared the Eastern Hellbender the official state amphibian. The ...

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania has a new state symbol. In Harrisburg, Governor Tom Wolf declared the Eastern Hellbender the official state amphibian.

The Hellbender is a type of salamander commonly found in cold, clear rivers and streams of the Susquehanna Watershed. It has a few nicknames including the Snot Otter and the Lasagna Lizard.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation's student leadership council pushed for this designation as a way to emphasize the importance of clean waterways in the commonwealth.