Do you know Rhode Island's official state symbols?


Do you know Rhode Island'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 Rhode Island.

Clue: Rhode Island state fish

Clue: Known for longevity and size, these fish can live to be 30 years old and grow to over 4 feet, with females becoming much larger than males. Because of the distinct horizontal lines that adorn their bodies, they're often called stripers.

Answer: Rhode Island state fish

Answer: Striped bass

Clue: Rhode Island state mammal

Rhode Island’s state mammal is one of the most common marine mammals on the East Coast. These chubby cuties with dog-like snouts can sleep underwater and their pups can swim as soon as they are born. They only need to come up for air once in 30 minutes.

Answer: Rhode Island state mammal

- State mammal: Harbor seal

Clue: Rhode Island state song

It took three people to bring the Rhode Island state song to life. Maria Day wrote the music, Charlie Hall wrote the lyrics, and Kathryn Chester arranged the piece. The state officially adopted it in 1996. T. Clarke Brown wrote both the words and the music to the official state march.

Answer: Rhode Island state song

- Answer:
--- State song: "Rhode Island, It's for Me"
--- March: "Rhode Island"

Clue: Rhode Island state insect

This species is strikingly colored, with orange markings on its otherwise black body, wings, and head. Its population has diminished to occupy less than 10% of its original range, due to habitat loss and degradation.

Answer: Rhode Island state insect

- State insect: American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus)

Clue: Rhode Island state tree

While it is a staple of forests across the eastern United States, Rhode Island’s state tree was chosen by schoolchildren in the 1890s for its beautiful fall foliage, which decorates the state in red, maroon, and gold each year. The tree was officially adopted as Rhode Island’s state symbol in 1964.

Answer: Rhode Island state tree

Answer: Red maple (Acer rubrum)

Clue: Rhode Island state bird

This state chose a domesticated bird as its official mascot. The species is easy to find on classic American farms and homesteads all over the state and country.

Answer: Rhode Island state bird

Answer: Rhode Island red

Clue: Rhode Island state flower

Despite being selected by Rhode Island schoolchildren in 1897, it took until 1968 for the state to adopt this plant as its official state flower. After blossoming into a snowy white or rich purple color, this flower produces a second set of blossoms.

Answer: Rhode Island state flower

Answer: Violet

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