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Nebraskans encouraged to vote for a state reptile

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is hoping to raise awareness for the state’s reptile species by encouraging all citizens to vote for a state reptile.

Nebraska’s state symbols include western meadowlark, white-tailed deer, goldenrod, honeybee and cottonwood. The state lacks a designated state reptile, however.

Nebraska is home to 48 species of reptiles, including snakes, turtles and lizards. That list has been narrowed to six species: ornate box turtle, common snapping turtle, bullsnake, western hognose snake, prairie lizard and six-lined racerunner. Voters are encouraged to select one to represent the state. Visit OutdoorNebraska.org/reptilevote to cast your ballot. Voting ends May 31.

Contact Lindsay Rogers at lindsay.rogers@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5581 for more information.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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