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

1 Maryland 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)

2 State Song

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

3 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.

4 State Dog

Chesapeake Bay Retriever, a hunting breed with webbed paws and a waterproof coat.

5 State Cat

Calico, with colors resembling the Maryland flag.

6 State Bird

Baltimore Oriole, with black and gold coloring.

7 State Fish

Striped bass, also known as rockfish.

8 State Boat

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

9 State Flower

Black-eyed Susan, with black and gold coloring and a blossom of 13 petals.

10 State Tree

White Oak

11 State Sport

Jousting, which requires horseback riders to spear small, suspended rings.

12 State Folk Dance

Square dancing.

13 State Drink


14 State Dinosaur

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

15 State Fossil Shell

Ecphora gardnerae gardnerae, an extinct Chesapeake Bay snail.

16 State Insect

Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly, with orange and white spots on a black base.

17 State Reptile

Diamondback terrapin, also the University of Maryland College Park mascot.