United States Postal Service 2003 Issue
Designed by Steve Buchannan & Derry Noyes

Reptiles and Amphibians

The United States Postal Service has issued five new stamps that have a postage value of 37 cents each named "Reptiles & Amphibians" on the 7th of October 2003. These new stamps depict five colorful reptiles and amphibians that are appreciated for much more then just their beauty. They create a healthier environment by hunting and eating rodents and insects which helps control the rodent and insect population. An explanation of each is listed below:

  • Blue Spotted Salamander (amphibian)- lives in moist forest soil and usually hunts at night. It can be found in the northeastern United States and the Great Lakes region.
  • Ornate Chorus Frog (amphibian) - lives by ponds and wet areas and can be found in the southern coastal parts of the United States of America.
  • Reticulate Collared Lizard (reptile) - can be found in the brush country of the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas
  • Ornate Box Turtle (reptile) - lives in a variety of places and is found primarily in the central and southwestern United States of America
  • Scarlet King Snake (reptile) - is a harmless snake the lives in wooded areas and usually hunts at night. It can be found in the southeastern and southcentral United States of America.

The "Reptiles and Amphibians" stamps can be purchased as a stamp pane of 20, Block of 10, Strip of 5, Commemorative Panel or FDC. The size of each stamp is 1.625" x 1.25", and the size of a pane is 7.75" x 7.15". The stamps will be self-adhesive and will be printed by Avery Dennison Printing using the Gravure printing process. A total of 80 million stamps will be printed.

Reptiles & Amphibians Pane

To order these stamps or to learn more go to www.usps.com. Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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