Do you know Ohio's official state symbols?


Do you know Ohio'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 Ohio.

Clue: Ohio state fish

Clue: Ohio doesn't recognize a state fish, but it does have an amphibian all its own. This one is aptly named for the bright spots that run the length of its body.  

Answer: Ohio state fish

Answer: Spotted salamander

Clue: Ohio state mammal

This common ungulate is the primary host for the tick that transmits Lyme disease. The prevalence of this disease has been found to correlate with the density of this animal's population in an area.

Answer: Ohio state mammal

- State mammal: White-tailed deer

Clue: Ohio state song

The Ohio state song was written in 1918, officially adopted in 1969, and then the lyrics were altered 20 years later in 1989. Ohio also has an official rock song, which was written in tribute to Steubenville resident Dorothy Sloop and made famous by The McCoys in 1965.

Answer: Ohio state song

- Answer:
--- State song: "Beautiful Ohio"
--- Rock song: "Hang On Sloopy"

Clue: Ohio state insect

This insect’s body can grow to up to half an inch. It was first introduced to the U.S. in 1973 and has spread naturally from New York to Georgia since then.

Answer: Ohio state insect

- State insect: Seven-spotted ladybug (Coccinella septempunctata)

Clue: Ohio state tree

If you know the mascot of Ohio State University, the state’s tree should be easy to guess. The tree is also historically associated with William Henry Harrison, the first Ohioan to become President of the United States, who used wood cabins and walking sticks made from the wood of this tree as symbols of his campaign.

Answer: Ohio state tree

Answer: Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra)

Clue: Ohio state bird

The male version of this state bird is known for its bright red plumage. The brown-colored females are significantly harder to spot.

Answer: Ohio state bird

Answer: Northern cardinal

Clue: Ohio state flower

The selection of this flower by Ohio in 1904 was meant to honor President William McKinley, who was assassinated three years prior. This Ohioan native would often wear this flower, which represented love, respect, and reverence, on his lapel for good luck. Despite its name, this flower can also be seen in white, pink, or purple varieties.

Answer: Ohio state flower

Answer: Red carnation

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