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 Symbols

Mammal - Designations - Species -Adopted

Alabama Racking Horse
(E. f. caballus)
Alabama State Horse - 1975
Alabama Black Bear
(Ursus americanus)
Alabama State Mammal - Apr 12, 2006
Alabama West Indian Manatee
(Trichechus manatus)
Alabama State Marine Mammal - 2009
Alaska Alaskan Malamute
(Canis lupus familiaris)
Alaska State Dog - May 12, 2010
Alaska Moose
(Alces alces)
Alaska State Land Mammal - 1998
Alaska Bowhead Whale
(Balaena mysticetus)
Alaska State Marine Mammal - 1983
Arizona Ringtail
(Bassariscus astutus)
Arizona State Mammal - 1986
Arkansas White-tailed Deer
(Odocoileus virginianus)
Arkansas State Mammal - 1993
California California Grizzly Bear
(Ursus californicus)
California State Animal - 1953
California California Gray Whale
(Eschrichtius robustus)
California State Marine Mammal - 1975
Colorado Rocky Mountain
(Ovis canadensis)
Bighorn Sheep

Colorado State Animal
- May 1, 1961
Colorado Dogs and cats adopted from Colorado animal shelters and rescues
(Canis lupus familiaris Felis catus)
Colorado State Pets - May 13, 2013
Connecticut Sperm Whale
(Physeter Macrosephalus)
Connecticut State Animal - 1975
Delaware Horseshoe Crab
(Limulus polyphemus)
Delaware State Marine Animal - Jun 25, 2002
Delaware Grey Fox
(Urocyon cinereoargenteus)
Delaware State Wildlife Animal - Jun 10, 2010
Florida Florida Panther
(Felis concolor coryi)
Florida State Animal - 1982
Florida Manatee
(Trichechus manatus)
Florida State Marine Mammal - 1975
Florida Porpoise
(Tursiops truncates)
Florida State Saltwater Mammal - 1975
Florida Florida Cracker Horse Marshtackie
(E. f. caballus)
Florida State Horse
- 2008
Georgia Right Whale
(Eubabalena glacialis)
Georgia State Marine Mammal - 1985
Hawaii Hawaiian monk seal
(Monachus schauinslandi)
Hawaii State Mammal - 2008
Hawaii Humpback Whale
(Megaptera novaeangliae)
Hawaii State Marine Mammal - 1979
Hawaii Ope'ape'a or Hawaiian hoary bat
(Lasiurus cinereus semotus) -
Hawaii Land Mammal  - 2015
Idaho Appaloosa
(E. f. caballus)
Idaho State Horse - Mar 25, 1975
Illinois White-tailed Deer
(Odocoileus virginianus)
Illinois State Animal - 1982
Indiana NA
Iowa NA
Kansas American Buffalo
(Bison bison)
Kansas State Animal - Mar 28, 1955
Kentucky Gray Squirrel
(Sciurus carolinensis)
Kentucky State Wild Game Animal - 1968
Kentucky Thoroughbred
(E. f. caballus)
Kentucky State Horse - Jul 15, 1996
Louisiana Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog
(C. l. familiaris)
Louisiana State Dog - Jul 9, 1979
Louisiana Black Bear
(Ursus americanus)
Louisiana State Mammal - 1992
Maine Moose
(Alces alces)
Maine State Animal - 1979
Maine Maine Coon Cat
(Felis catus)
Maine State Cat - 1985
Maryland Calico Cat
(Felis catus)
Maryland State Cat - Oct 1, 2001
Maryland Chesapeake Bay Retriever
(C. l. familiaris)
Maryland State Dog - 1964
Maryland Thoroughbred Horse
(E. f. caballus)
Maryland State Horse - Oct 1, 2003
Massachusetts Right Whale
(Eubabalena glacialis)
Massachusetts State Marine Mammal - 1980
Massachusetts Tabby Cat
(Felis catus)
Massachusetts State Cat - 1988
Massachusetts Boston Terrier
(Canis familiaris bostenensis)
Massachusetts State Dog - 1979
Massachusetts Morgan Horse
(Equus cabullus morganensis)
Massachusetts State Horse - 1970
Michigan White-tailed Deer
(Odocoileus virginianus)
Michigan State Game Mammal - 1997
Minnesota NA
Mississippi White-tailed Deer
(Odocoileus virginianus)
Mississippi State Land Mammal - Apr 12, 1974
Mississippi Red Fox
(Vulpes vulpes)
Mississippi State Land Mammal - 1997
Mississippi Bottlenose Dolphin
(Tursiops truncatus)
Mississippi State Water Mammal - April 12, 1974
Missouri Missouri Mule
(Equus spp.)
Missouri State Animal - May 31, 1995
Missouri Missouri Fox Trotting Horse
(E. f. caballus)
Missouri State Horse - June 4, 2002
Missouri Paddlefish or Spoonbill
(Polyodon spathula)
Missouri State Aquatic Animal - May 23, 1997
Montana Grizzly Bear
(Ursus arctos horribilis)
Montana State Animal - Apr 7, 1983
Nebraska White-tailed Deer
(Odocoileus virginianus)
Nebraska State Mammal - Feb 26, 1981
Nevada Desert Bighorn Sheep
(Ovis canadensis nelsoni)
Nevada State Animal - 1973
New Hampshire White-tailed Deer
(Odocoileus virginianus)
New Hampshire State Animal - 1983
New Hampshire Chinook
(Canis lupus familiaris)
New Hampshire State Dog - 2009
New Jersey Horse
(E. f. caballus)
New Jersey State Animal - Aug 14, 1977
New Mexico Black Bear
(Ursus americanus)
New Mexico State Animal - Feb 8, 1963
New York Beaver
(Castor canadensis)
New York State Animal - 1969
North Carolina Plott Hound
(C. l. familiaris)
North Carolina State Dog - Aug 12, 1989
North Carolina Grey Squirrel
(Sciurus carolinensis)
North Carolina State Mammal - 1969
North Carolina Colonial Spanish Mustang
North Carolina State Horse
- 2010
North Carolina Virginia opossum
(Didelphis virginiana)
North Carolina State Marsupial - 2013
North Dakota The Nokota Horse
(E. f. caballus)
North Dakota State Honorary Equine - 1993
Ohio White-tailed Deer
(Odocoileus virginianus)
Ohio State Animal - 1988
Oklahoma Bison
(Bison bison)
Oklahoma State Animal - 1972
Oklahoma White-tailed Deer
(Odocoileus virginianus)
Oklahoma State Game Animal - Jan 30, 1990
Oklahoma Raccoon
(Procyon Lotor)
Oklahoma State Furbearing Animal - Jan 30, 1990
Oklahoma Mexican Free-tailed Bat
(Tadarida brasiliensis)
Oklahoma State Flying Mammal - Nov 1, 2006
Oregon Beaver
(Castor canadensis)
Oregon State Animal - 1969
Pennsylvania White-tailed Deer
(Odocoileus virginianus)
Pennsylvania State Animal - Oct 2, 1959
Pennsylvania Great Dane
(C. l. familiaris)
Pennsylvania State Dog - Aug 17, 1965
Rhode Island NA
South Carolina White-tailed Deer
(Odocoileus virginianus)
South Carolina State Animal - 1972
South Carolina Boykin Spaniel
(C. l. familiaris)
South Carolina State Dog - Mar 26, 1985
South Carolina Bottlenose dolphin
(Tursiops truncatus)
South Carolina State Marine mammal - 2009
South Carolina Northern Right whale
(Eubabalena glacialis)
South Carolina State Migratory Marine mammal - 2009
South Carolina Marsh Tacky
(E. f. caballus)
State Heritage Horse - 2010
South Carolina Mule
(Equus asinus x Equus caballus)
South Carolina State Heritage Work Animal - Jun 11, 2010
South Dakota Coyote
(Canis latrans)
South Dakota State Animal - Mar 5, 1949
Tennessee Raccoon
(Procynn lotor)
Tennessee State Wild Animal - 1972
Tennessee Tennessee Walking Horse
(Equus caballus)
Tennessee State Horse - Jul 1, 2000
Tennessee Dogs and cats that are adopted from Tennessee animal shelters and rescues
(Canis lupus familiaris; Felis catus)
Tennessee State Pets)2014
Texas 9-Banded Armadillo
(Dasypus novemcinctus)
Texas State Small Mammal - Jun 16, 1995
Texas Longhorn
(Bos bos)
Texas State Large Mammal - May 17, 1969
Texas Mexican Free-tailed Bat
(Tadarida brasiliensis)
Texas State Flying Mammal - May 25, 1995
Texas Blue Lacey
(C. l. familiaris)
Texas State Dog - 2005
Texas American quarter horse
(E. f. caballus)
Texas State Horse - 2009
Utah Rocky Mountain elk
(Cervus canadensis)
Utah State Animal - Feb 1, 1971
Vermont Morgan Horse
(Equs caballus)
Vermont State Animal - Mar 23, 1961
Vermont Randall lineback
(Bos primigenius)
Vermont State Heritage breed of livestock - 2005
Virginia Virginia Big-eared Bat
(Corynorhinos townsendii virginianus)
Virginia State Bat - Mar 22,2005
Virginia American Foxhound
(C. l. familiaris)
Virginia State Dog - 1966
Washington Orca
(Orcinus orca)
Washington State Marine Mammal - Jun 24, 2005
Washington Olympic marmot
(Marmota olympus)
Washington State Endemic Mammal - 2009
West Virginia Black Bear
(Ursus americanus)
West Virginia State Animal - Mar 23, 1973
Wisconsin Badger
(Taxidea taxus)
Wisconsin State Animal - Jun 20, 1957
Wisconsin Dairy Cow
(Bos taurus)
Wisconsin State Domestic Animal - 1971
Wisconsin White-tailed Deer
(Odocoileus virginianus)
Wisconsin State Wildlife Animal - 1957
Wisconsin American Water Spaniel
(C. l. familiaris)
Wisconsin State Dog - 1985
Wyoming Bison
(Bison bison)
Wyoming State Mammal - Feb 23, 1985
State Mammals
State Mammals & Animals
Mammals are vertebrates (backboned animals) that feed their young on mother's milk.