List of U.S. state mammals

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A state mammal is the official mammal of a U.S. state as designated by a state's legislature. Many states also have separately officially designated state animals, state birds, state fish, state butterflies, and state reptiles. States similarly have state flowers, state trees and state songs.

Mammal Animals with milk-producing glands

Mammals are vertebrate animals constituting the class Mammalia, and characterized by the presence of mammary glands which in females produce milk for feeding (nursing) their young, a neocortex, fur or hair, and three middle ear bones. These characteristics distinguish them from reptiles and birds, from which they diverged in the late Triassic, 201–227 million years ago. There are around 5,450 species of mammals. The largest orders are the rodents, bats and Soricomorpha. The next three are the Primates, the Cetartiodactyla, and the Carnivora.

U.S. state constituent political entity of the United States

In the United States, a state is a constituent political entity, of which there are currently 50. Bound together in a political union, each state holds governmental jurisdiction over a separate and defined geographic territory and shares its sovereignty with the federal government. Due to this shared sovereignty, Americans are citizens both of the federal republic and of the state in which they reside. State citizenship and residency are flexible, and no government approval is required to move between states, except for persons restricted by certain types of court orders.

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State mammals

Key: Years in parentheses denote the year of adoption by the state's legislature.

List of U.S. state mammals and related mammalian designations
StateMammalMarine mammalOther mammal 1Other mammal 2Other mammal 3
Alabama
American black bear (2006) A Florida Black Bear.jpg
American black bear (2006)
Alaska
Bowhead whale (1983) Bowheads42.jpg
Bowhead whale (1983)
Moose (land mammal) (1998) Bigbullmoose.jpg
Moose (land mammal) (1998)
Arizona
Ring-tailed cat (1986) Squaw-ringtail-28073.jpg
Ring-tailed cat (1986)
Arkansas
White-tailed deer (1993) Quivira-Whitetail-Buck.jpg
White-tailed deer (1993)
California
Gray whale (1975) Eschrichtius robustus 01-cropped.jpg
Gray whale (1975)
Colorado
Connecticut
Sperm whale (state animal) (1975) Sperm whale pod.jpg
Sperm whale (state animal) (1975)
Delaware
Florida
Manatee (marine mammal) (1975) FL fig04.jpg
Manatee (marine mammal) (1975)
"Porpoise or dolphin" (salt water mammal) (1975) Bottlenose Dolphin KSC04pd0178.jpg
"Porpoise or dolphin" (salt water mammal) (1975)
Georgia
White-tailed deer (2015) White-tailed Deer-27527-3.jpg
White-tailed deer (2015)
Right whale (1985) Eubalaena japonica3.jpg
Right whale (1985)
Hawaii
Hawaiian monk seal (2008) Monachus schauinslandi.jpg
Hawaiian monk seal (2008)
Humpback whale (1979) Humpback Whale underwater shot.jpg
Humpback whale (1979)
Hawaiian hoary bat (land mammal) (2015) Lasiurus cinereus semotus crop.jpg
Hawaiian hoary bat (land mammal) (2015)
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Black bear (1992) Louisiana black bear.jpg
Black bear (1992)
Maine
Maryland Calico
Massachusetts
Right whale (1980) Eubalaena glacialis with calf.jpg
Right whale (1980)
Michigan
White-tailed deer (game mammal) (1997) Deer Night.jpg
White-tailed deer (game mammal) (1997)
Minnesota
Mississippi
White-tailed deer (1974) Deer running.jpg
White-tailed deer (1974)
Red fox (1997) Fox - British Wildlife Centre (17429406401).jpg
Red fox (1997)
Bottlenosed dolphin (1974) (water mammal) Perdido Bay Dolphin 2007.jpg
Bottlenosed dolphin (1974) (water mammal)
Missouri
Montana
Grizzlie Bear Grizzly Bear Family in Glacier National Park.jpg
Grizzlie Bear
Nebraska
White-tailed deer (1981) White tailed deer Nebraska.jpg
White-tailed deer (1981)
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
American black bear (1963) A Florida Black Bear.jpg
American black bear (1963)
New York
North Carolina
Gray Squirrel (1969) Sciurus carolinensis2.jpg
Gray Squirrel (1969)
North Dakota
Ohio
White-tailed deer (1988) White-tailed deer, Heath Ohio.JPG
White-tailed deer (1988)
Oklahoma
Mexican Free-tailed Bat (flying mammal) (2006) Tadarida brasiliensis.jpg
Mexican Free-tailed Bat (flying mammal) (2006)
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Harbor seal (2016) Common Seal Phoca vitulina.jpg
Harbor seal (2016)
South Carolina
Bottlenose dolphin (2009) Bottlenose Dolphin KSC04pd0178.jpg
Bottlenose dolphin (2009)
Right whale (migratory marine mammal) (2009) Nordkaper.jpg
Right whale (migratory marine mammal) (2009)
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Nine-banded armadillo (small mammal) (1995) Armadillo1.jpg
Nine-banded armadillo (small mammal) (1995)
Texas Longhorn (large mammal) (1995) Texas Longhorn Steer Rocksprings.jpg
Texas Longhorn (large mammal) (1995)
Mexican Free-tailed Bat (flying mammal) (1995) Tadarida brasiliensis.jpg
Mexican Free-tailed Bat (flying mammal) (1995)
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
Orca (2005) Killerwhales jumping.jpg
Orca (2005)
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

See also

The following are lists of U.S. state, district, and territorial symbols as recognized by the state legislatures, territorial legislatures, or tradition. Some, such as flags, seals, and birds have been created or chosen by all U.S. polities, while others, such as state crustaceans, state mushrooms, and state toys have been chosen by only a few.

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Flag of Kansas flag

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Flag of Oklahoma flag

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Seal of Oklahoma Official government emblem of the U.S. state of Oklahoma

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Box turtle genus of reptiles

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Seal of Rhode Island Official government emblem of the U.S. state of Rhode Island

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Common box turtle species of reptile

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The U.S. state of Louisiana first required its residents to register their motor vehicles and display license plates in 1915.

New Mexico – Mi Lindo Nuevo México is a song written and composed by Pablo Mares, which was adopted as the official bilingual song of New Mexico in 1995.

Empire State appellation of New York state, United States

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