Do you know Nevada's official state symbols?


Do you know Nevada's official state symbols?

Each state in America boasts its own culture, history, and natural beauty. To represent such diversity, people from these states have chosen their own set of symbols and customs. Specific flags, songs, mottos, flowers, and even fruits commemorate the uniqueness of individual states. Some of these symbols border on the bizarre: Texas, for example, has made the Dutch oven its official state cooking pot. Other symbols are more universal, like state birds.

Many people remember learning about their states' history back in elementary school. But can you still remember your state bird? How about your state flower? To test your state knowledge, Stacker compiled a list of symbols in Nevada.

Clue: Nevada state fish

Clue: This fish is found in 14 of Nevada's 17 counties. As long as the water is clean, it can thrive everywhere from the state's alpine lakes to creeks high up in the mountains to the warm alkaline lakes and streams in the lowlands where other species of its kind can't survive.

Answer: Nevada state fish

Answer: Lahontan cutthroat trout

Clue: Nevada state mammal

This state’s pick is a subspecies of a horned mammal we’ve seen earlier in this quiz. They live in small herds and are adapted to their rocky desert habitat with agility in climbing and the ability to go for a long time without water.

Answer: Nevada state mammal

- State mammal: Desert bighorn sheep

Clue: Nevada state song

In 2014, Nevada’s official song earned the state a place in the record books. The state made history when it broke the record for “most people singing a state song at once” when 45,553 Nevadans participated in the mass serenade.

Answer: Nevada state song

- Answer: "Home Means Nevada"

Clue: Nevada state insect

This species is easily recognized by its electric blue color, intersected with a black pattern. Living near streams, it eats smaller insects, including mosquitoes, flies, and small moths.

Answer: Nevada state insect

- State insect: Vivid Dancer (Argia vivida)

Clue: Nevada state tree

Like California, Nevada has two state trees, both of which are conifers. The first of these, designated in 1953, dominates Nevada’s woodlands, especially on rocky slopes and ridge tops, and is unique among conifers as it has only one pine needle per bundle. The second state tree, designated in 1987, also grows in high-elevation areas, and is the longest-living tree species despite its preferred harsh environmental conditions.

Answer: Nevada state tree

Answers: Single-leaf pinyon (Pinus monophylla), Great basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva)

Clue: Nevada state bird

This small but sturdy bird is commonly found on American ranchlands. The species is immediately recognizable for its bright blue color.

Answer: Nevada state bird

Answer: Mountain bluebird

Clue: Nevada state flower

While these tall, silvery gray flowers add color to Nevada, they also have various practical purposes. Indigenous people would use the flower for weaving, and in the winter, cattle and sheep would use the flower as a source for food. Growing in the desert, this flower has a strong, pungent fragrance.

Answer: Nevada state flower

Answer: Sagebrush

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