Interesting Facts About 50 US State Animals

Last updated on June 3rd, 2023

31. New Mexico — Black Bear

Newborn black bear cubs weigh less than half a pound during winter but grow quickly. They emerge from their den during spring at around 5 lbs and reach their first birthday at roughly 80 lbs.

32. New York — Beaver

Beavers are graceful swimmers that can move as fast as 5 miles an hour and remain submerged for 15 minutes.

North American Beaver
North American Beaver. Interesting facts about 50 US State animals. Image via shutterstock/Frank Fichtmueller

33. North Carolina — Gray Squirrel

Gray squirrels can communicate with sounds such as warning calls when they spot nearby predators like hawks and foxes.

34. North Dakota — Nokota Horse

In 1881, the US Army won against the Sioux tribe and obtained their horses which are the ancestors of the Nokota breed.

Wild stallion Coal of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the evening light.
Wild stallion Coal of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the evening light. Image via shutterstock/Alicia Marvin

35. Ohio — White-tailed Deer

The males engage in sparring matches using their antlers in an effort to assert their dominance over territories during the mating season.

36. Oklahoma — Buffalo

Buffalo start shedding their heavy coats in the spring with the animals rubbing against trees and large rocks to hasten the process. Only the hair on their heads, humps, and forelegs will remain.

37. Oregon — Beaver

Beavers make homes with a domelike structure using branches and mud. These are placed in the middle of ponds with underwater entrances to avoid predators.

Close-Up Facial Portrait of a Large Adult North American Beaver
Close-Up Facial Portrait of a Large Adult North American Beaver, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon. Photo © Rinus Baak |

38. Pennsylvania — White-tailed Deer

These grow to a size of 6 to 7.75 feet with the weight of an adult typically ranging from 110 to 300 pounds.

White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus).
White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus). US State animals facts. Image via shutterstock/Richard G Smith

39. Rhode Island — Rhode Island Red Chicken

The Rhode Island Red is the result of cross-breeding Oriental and Italian birds in the 19th century to produce chickens with excellent milk and eggs.

A Rhode Island Red chicken
A Rhode Island Red chicken surrounded by baby chicks on the grass. Image via shutterstock/Michael Gancharuk

40. South Carolina — White-tailed Deer

Their natural predators include coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions. Human hunting previously led to population depletion in the US but regulations enabled a turnaround.

41. South Dakota — Coyote

Coyotes are highly adaptable creatures that can eat nearly anything including grass, fruits, insects, rodents, frogs, fish, deer, calves, and house pets.

A lone coyote. facts about US state animals
A lone coyote Canis latrans walking and hunting in the winter snow. US State animals facts. Image via shutterstock/Jim Cumming

42. Tennessee — Raccoon

Raccoons protect their young by placing them high up in tree holes for the first two months before moving down to let the cubs explore by themselves.

3 baby raccoons
3 baby raccoons. Image via shutterstock/photographybyjw

43. Texas — Texas Longhorn

Length is strength in Texas longhorn auctions. The highest winning bid is currently standing at $380,000 for a cow with horns more than 90″ across.

Texas Longhorn sleeping on pasture on a sunny summer day.
Texas Longhorn sleeping on pasture on a sunny summer day. Image via shutterstock/Leena Robinson

44. Utah — Rocky Mountain Elk

Elks are social animals that can form herds with hundreds of members. These move to high ground during summer and come back down during winter in search of food.

Rocky Mountain Elk in the Rocky Mountains.
Rocky Mountain Elk in the Rocky Mountains. Image via shutterstock/Tom Reichner

45. Vermont — Morgan Horse

Justin Morgan’s horse was a small stallion that no one would buy but its strength, speed, intelligence, beauty, demeanor, and longevity eventually made it so famous that it became the foundation for an influential breed.

A young chestnut Morgan Horse mare
A young chestnut Morgan Horse mare runs free and uninhibited, strutting her stuff. US State animals facts. Image via shutterstock/Christopher Crosby Morris

46. Virginia — American Fox Hound

George Washington and other revolutionaries were dog breeders who played a major role in the development of the American fox hound which they used for traditional English foxhunting.

The dog breed American Foxhound. state animal list US
The dog breed American Foxhound in a public park. Image via shutterstcok/Olga Aniven

47. Washington — Orca Whale

Led by the eldest female, orcas form pods of up to 50 members with their extended family across up to four generations.

Orca whale
The Orca whale. US State animal facts. Image via shutterstock/tsuneomp

48. West Virginia — Black Bear

The bear cubs tend to remain with their mother for the first 18 months of their lives or until she mates again. Most will live between 15 and 25 years.

Black Bear (Ursus americanus)
Black Bear (Ursus americanus). Image via shutterstock/Filip Fuxa

49. Wisconsin — Badger

Badgers will sometimes hunt with coyotes. They prey on the creatures driven underground by coyotes while the latter get the animals chased above ground by badgers.

Badger in forest
Badger in forest, animal in nature habitat. US State animals facts. Image via shutterstock/Vaclav Sebek

50. Wyoming — Buffalo

Female buffalo give birth to one calf each year, usually during spring. This may nurse until a year old before feeding on grass.

Female bison with calves walking in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Female bison with calves walking in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA. The bison, adopted Wyoming’s State Mammal on February 23, 1985, is the largest terrestrial animal in North America, where it is commonly called buffalo. Image via shutterstock/Don Mammoser