State Symbols

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

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Maryland State FlagMaryland State FlagState 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)

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

Smith Island CakeState 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 

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

Calico CatState Cat: Calico, with colors resembling the Maryland flag

Baltimore OrioleState Bird: Baltimore Oriole, with black and gold coloring

striped bassState Fish: Striped bass, also known as rockfish

crabState Crustacean: Maryland blue crab

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



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



White Oak treeState Tree: White Oak

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

Folk dancingState Folk Dance: Square dancing

glass of milkState Drink: Milk

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

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

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

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