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Find profile, botanical name, adoption date and details, description, and a photo of the official or representative State Animal or State Mammal of each of the states that have adopted one.

Official State Mammals Designations

Mammal Designations of the Fifty States, including animals, bats, cats, dogs, horses, etc

Mammals are one of the 6 main classes of animals.  Animal classes are groups of animals that scientists consider to be alike in some important ways.  Mammals are the animal class that people belong to.

There are only about 4,000 kinds of mammals.  This sounds like a lot, but when you consider there are 21,000 kinds of fish and a whopping 800,000 kinds of insects you’ll realize mammals are a pretty small class!

Mammals are animals that have hair, are warm-blooded, and nourish their young with milk. Some modern-day mammals include people, apes, cats, bats, dogs, tigers, mice, moose, aardvarks, beavers, elephants, gorillas, sloths, pandas, hamsters, horses, whales, and dolphins.

 Mammals are a clade of endothermic amniotes distinguished from the reptiles and the birds by the possession of hair, three middle ear bones, mammary glands in females, and a neocortex (a region of the brain). The mammalian brain regulates body temperature and the circulatory system, including the four-chambered heart. The mammals include the largest animals on the planet, the rorquals and some other whales, as well as some of the most intelligent, such as elephants, some primates and some cetaceans. The basic body type is a four-legged land-borne animal, but some mammals are adapted for life at sea, in the air, in the trees, or on two legs. The largest group of mammals, the placentals, have a placenta which feeds the offspring during pregnancy. Mammals range in size from the 1.2–1.6 inch bumblebee bat to 108 ft blue whale.

State Mammals

Official mammals listed by state, including animals, bats, cats, dogs, horses, etc

State
Mammal Designations
Adopted
Species
AL Racking Horse
(Alabama State Horse)
1975 Equus caballus
AL Black Bear
(Alabama State Mammal)
Apr 12, 2006 Ursus americanus
AL West Indian Manatee
(Alabama State Marine Mammal)
2009 Trichechus manatus
AK Alaskan Malamute
(Alaska State Dog)
May 12,
2010
Canis lupus familiaris
AK Moose
(Alaska State Land Mammal)
1998 Alces alces
AK Bowhead Whale
(Alaska State Marine Mammal)
1983 Balaena mysticetus
AZ Ringtail
(Arizona State Mammal)
1986 Bassariscus astutus
AR White-tailed Deer
(Arkansas State Mammal)
1993 Odocoileus virginianus
CA California Grizzly Bear
(California State Animal)
1953 Ursus californicus
CA California Gray Whale
(California State Marine Mammal)
1975 Eschrichtius robustus
CO Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
(Colorado State Animal)
May 1, 1961 Ovis canadensis
CO Dogs and cats adopted from Colorado animal shelters and rescues
(Colorado State Pets)
May 13, 2013 Canis lupus familiaris
Felis catus
CT Sperm Whale
(Connecticut State Animal)
1975 Physeter Macrosephalus
DE Horseshoe Crab
(Delaware State Marine Animal)
Jun 25,
2002
Limulus polyphemus
DE Grey Fox
(Delaware State Wildlife Animal)
Jun 10, 2010 Urocyon cinereoargenteus
FL Florida Panther
(Florida State Animal)
1982 Felis concolor coryi
FL Manatee
(Florida State Marine Mammal)
1975 Trichechus manatus
FL Porpoise
(Florida State Saltwater Mammal)
1975 Tursiops truncates
FL Florida Cracker Horse (Marshtackie)
(Florida State Horse)
2008  
GA Right Whale
(Georgia State Marine Mammal)
1985 Eubabalena glacialis
HI Hawaiian monk seal
(Hawaii State Mammal)
2008 Monachus schauinslandi
HI Humpback Whale
(Hawaii State Marine Mammal)
1979 Megaptera novaeangliae
ID Appaloosa
(Idaho State Horse)
Mar 25,
1975
Equus caballus
IL White-tailed Deer
(Illinois State Animal)
1982 Odocoileus virginianus
IN NA
IA NA
KS American Buffalo
(Kansas State Animal)
Mar 28,
1955
Bison bison
KY Gray Squirrel
(Kentucky State Wild Game Animal)
1968 Sciurus carolinensis
KY Thoroughbred
(Kentucky State Horse)
Jul 15,
1996
Equus caballus
LA Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog
(Louisiana State Dog)
Jul 9,
1979
Canis familiaris
LA Black Bear
(Louisiana State Mammal)
1992 Ursus americanus
ME Moose
(Maine State Animal)
1979 Alces alces
ME Maine Coon Cat
(Maine State Cat)
1985 Felis catus
MD Calico Cat
(Maryland State Cat)
Oct 1,
2001
Felis catus
MD Chesapeake Bay Retriever
(Maryland State Dog)
1964 Canis familiaris
MD Thoroughbred Horse
(Maryland State Horse)
Oct 1,
2003
Equus caballus
MA Right Whale
(Massachusetts State Marine Mammal)
1980 Eubabalena glacialis
MA Tabby Cat
(Massachusetts State Cat)
1988 Felis catus
MA Boston Terrier
(Massachusetts State Dog)
1979 Canis familiaris bostenensis
MA Morgan Horse
(Massachusetts State Horse)
1970 Equus cabullus morganensis
MI White-tailed Deer
(Michigan State Game Mammal)
1997 Odocoileus virginianus
MN NA
MS White-tailed Deer
(Mississippi State Land Mammal)
Apr 12,
1974
Odocoileus virginianus
MS Red Fox
(Mississippi State Land Mammal)
1997 Vulpes vulpes
MS Bottlenose Dolphin
(Mississippi State Water Mammal)
April 12,
1974
Tursiops truncatus
MO Missouri Mule
(Missouri State Animal)
May 31,
1995
Equus spp.
MO Missouri Fox Trotting Horse
(Missouri State Horse)
June 4,
2002
Equus caballus
MO Paddlefish or Spoonbill
(Missouri State Aquatic Animal)
May 23,
1997
Polyodon spathula
MT Grizzly Bear
(Montana State Animal)
Apr 7, 1983 Ursus arctos horribilis
NE White-tailed Deer
(Nebraska State Mammal)
Feb 26,
1981
Odocoileus virginianus
NV Desert Bighorn Sheep
(Nevada State Animal)
1973 Ovis canadensis nelsoni
NH White-tailed Deer
(New Hampshire State Animal)
1983 Odocoileus virginianus
NH Chinook
(New Hampshire State Dog)
2009 Canis lupus familiaris
NJ Horse
(New Jersey State Animal)
Aug 14,
1977
Equus caballus
NM Black Bear
(New Mexico State Animal)
Feb 8,
1963
Ursus americanus
NY Beaver
(New York State Animal)
1969 Castor canadensis
NC Plott Hound
(North Carolina State Dog)
Aug 12,
1989
Canis familiaris
NC Grey Squirrel
(North Carolina State Mammal)
1969 Sciurus carolinensis
NC Colonial Spanish Mustang
(North Carolina State Horse)
2010  
NC Virginia opossum
(North Carolina State Marsupial)
2013 Didelphis virginiana
ND The Nokota Horse
(North Dakota State Honorary Equine)
1993 Equus caballus
OH White-tailed Deer
(Ohio State Animal)
1988 Odocoileus virginianus
OK Bison
(Oklahoma State Animal)
1972 Bison bison
OK White-tailed Deer
(Oklahoma State Game Animal)
Jan 30,
1990
Odocoileus virginianus
OK Raccoon
(Oklahoma State Furbearing Animal)
Jan 30,
1990
Procyon Lotor
OK Mexican Free-tailed Bat
(Oklahoma State Flying Mammal)
Nov 1,
2006
Tadarida brasiliensis
OR Beaver
(Oregon State Animal)
1969 Castor canadensis
PA White-tailed Deer
(Pennsylvania State Animal)
Oct 2,
1959
Odocoileus virginianus
PA Great Dane
(Pennsylvania State Dog)
Aug 17,
1965
 Canis familiaris
RI NA  
SC White-tailed Deer
(South Carolina State Animal)
1972 Odocoileus virginianus
SC Boykin Spaniel
(South Carolina State Dog)
Mar 26,
1985
Canis familiaris
SC Bottlenose dolphin
(South Carolina State Marine mammal)
2009 Tursiops truncatus
SC Northern Right whale
(South Carolina State Migratory Marine mammal)
2009 Eubabalena glacialis
SC Marsh Tacky
(State Heritage Horse)
2010 Equus caballus
SC Mule
(South Carolina State Heritage Work Animal)
Jun 11, 2010 Equus asinus x Equus caballus
SD Coyote
(South Dakota State Animal)
Mar5,
1949
Canis latrans
TN Raccoon
(Tennessee State Wild Animal)
1972 Procynn lotor
TN Tennessee Walking Horse
(Tennessee State Horse)
Jul 1,
2000
Equus caballus
TN Dogs and cats that are adopted from Tennessee animal shelters and rescues
(Tennessee State Pets)
2014 Canis lupus familiaris;
Felis catus
TX 9-Banded Armadillo
(Texas State Small Mammal)
Jun 16,
1995
Dasypus novemcinctus
TX Longhorn
(Texas State Large Mammal)
May 17,
1969
Bos bos
TX Mexican Free-tailed Bat
(Texas State Flying Mammal)
May 25,
1995
Tadarida brasiliensis
TX Blue Lacey
(Texas State Dog)
2005 Canis familiaris
TX American quarter horse
(Texas State Horse)
2009 Equus caballus
UT Rocky Mountain elk
(Utah State Animal)
Feb 1,
1971
Cervus canadensis
VT Morgan Horse
(Vermont State Animal)
Mar 23,
1961
Equs caballus
VT Randall lineback
(Vermont State Heritage breed of livestock)
2005 Bos primigenius
VA Virginia Big-eared Bat
(Virginia State Bat)
Mar 22,
2005
Corynorhinos townsendii virginianus
VA American Foxhound
(Virginia State Dog)
1966 Canis familiaris
WA Orca
(Washington State Marine Mammal)
Jun 24,
2005
Orcinus orca
WA Olympic marmot
(Washington State Endemic Mammal)
2009 Marmota olympus
WV Black Bear
(West Virginia State Animal)
Mar 23, 1973 Ursus americanus
WI Badger
(Wisconsin State Animal)
Jun 20,
1957
Taxidea taxus
WI Dairy Cow
(Wisconsin State Domestic Animal)
1971 Bos taurus
WI White-tailed Deer
(Wisconsin State Wildlife Animal)
1957 Odocoileus virginianus
WI American Water Spaniel
(Wisconsin State Dog)
1985 Canis familiaris
WY Bison
(Wyoming State Mammal)
Feb 23,
1985
Bison bison
State Mammals
State Mammals & Animals
Mammals are vertebrates (backboned animals) that feed their young on mother's milk.