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Bag the word "amphibian"

  Dear HCN,

I regret to inform you that the Turtle and Tortoise Liberation Front takes exception to Mark Matthews' report on "amphibian underpasses' being considered for the Flathead Reservation ostensibly to reduce the "hundreds of painted turtles smashed" on Hwy. 93 (HCN, 11/23/98). Turtles, being reptiles, go through no demeaning gill phase, nor do they cultivate the ubiquitous mucosa so overdone by amphibs. Belonging to a wise and tolerant class of vertebrates, however, the Front would accept "herpetologic underpasses," which would also provide relief to our snake and lizard brethren.

Alan Seegert

Denali Park, Alaska