A Virginia delegate says an animal that carries its hiding place on its back isn't right for representing the state.
The House of Delegates on Friday crushed any hopes the unassuming terrestrial turtle had of becoming the official state reptile.
It met the same fate in 1999.
If the state needs an official cold-blooded animal, Hargrove suggested the fearsome rattlesnake instead.
Perhaps the fatal blow was the disclosure that the creature's scientific name implied too close a relation to a Virginia rival: Terrapene Carolina.