Virginia General Assembly approves new state snake

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia General Assembly has approved making the eastern garter snake the official state snake.

The Senate gave final approval to legislation Thursday that would designate the eastern garter the official snake. The legislation survived an unsuccessful amendment aimed at making the timber rattlesnake the official state snake instead.

The Washington Post reports that 11-year-old Aiden Coleman of Williamsburg came up with the idea of making the Eastern Garter the official state snake.

Sen. Thomas Garrett said he initially wanted to pick the timber rattlesnake, but was persuaded when Coleman pointed out that the timber rattlesnake is West Virginia’s official snake.

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