State Symbols

There is little debate that Maryland has unique, and some of the coolest, state symbols!





State Flag: Black and gold quarters (the arms of Lord Baltimore’s family, the Calverts) along with red and white quarters (the arms of his mother’s family, the Crosslands)




State Song: “Maryland, My Maryland,” written by teacher James Ryder Randall after a Civil War riot in Baltimore




State Dessert: Smith Island Cake, made by the ladies of Smith Island for years, has achieved national recognition. With impossibly thin layers of cake and icing stacked high, Smith Island cakes are a unique treat 



State Dog: Chesapeake Bay Retriever, a hunting breed with webbed paws and a waterproof coat




State Cat: Calico, with colors resembling the Maryland flag





State Bird: Baltimore Oriole, with black and gold coloring



State Fish: Striped bass, also known as rockfish



State Crustacean: Maryland blue crab





State Boat: Skipjack, the last working boat under sail in North America, used for dredging oysters in the Chesapeake Bay




State Flower: Black-eyed Susan, with black and gold coloring and a blossom of 13 petals




State Tree: White Oak




State Sport: Jousting, which requires horseback riders to spear small, suspended rings




State Folk Dance: Square dancing




State Drink: Milk



State Dinosaur: Astrodon johnstoni, “star tooth,” which lived between 95 and 130 million years ago



State Fossil Shell: Ecphora gardnerae gardnerae, an extinct Chesapeake Bay snail



State Insect: Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly, with orange and white spots on a black base



State Reptile: Diamondback terrapin, also the University of Maryland College Park mascot


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