Permits from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are the only thing standing between the university and two live mascots next semester, a student said.
Senior political science major Preston Patry said he has tried to get live horned frogs on campus since his freshman year. Last spring Patry helped pass a resolution in the House of Student Representatives to gain support for the initiative. In Tuesday’s Student Government Association meeting, the House passed a bill providing $20,000 to make it happen, he said.
Now the university must wait on an educational display permit approved by Texas Parks and Wildlife.
The horned frogs will be donated by Texas Parks and Wildlife, Patry said. The ones the university will receive are rescued from people who held them without proper permits.
“The frogs are not endangered, but it is illegal to have these reptiles without it,” he said.
SGA Speaker of the House Andrew Pulliam said having a live horned frog wasn’t asking too much.
“We wanted to be able to provide TCU students with their own live mascot,” he said.
Patry said both horned frogs are male and would be able to co-habitate, but the university would provide for two different viewing sites. The two reptiles would be split from each other, but would interchange through the outdoor and indoor habitats. One frog will be housed in the Brown-Lupton University Union by the information office, and the other will be housed outside the University Recreation Center near the pool, Patry said.
Patry said Texas Parks and Wildlife officials recommended the horned frogs have an outdoor natural environment in order to receive direct ultraviolet rays from the sun.
There would be a student body vote on the names of the two horned frogs, he said.
“I feel Addy and Randolph would be the best bet though,” Patry said.