Each American state has its own culture, history and natural beauty.
To represent such diversity, the inhabitants of these states have chosen their own set of symbols and customs. Flags, songs, mottos, flowers and even specific fruits commemorate the uniqueness of each state. Some of these symbols border on the odd: Texas, for example, made the Dutch oven its official state pot. Other symbols are more universal, such as state birds.
Many people remember learning the history of their state in elementary school. But can you still remember your state bird? And your state flower? To test your knowledge of the state, Stacker compiled a list of symbols in North Carolina.
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Clue: North Carolina state fish
Hint (freshwater): These fish are sometimes called specs, thanks to their unique spots. Found in the state’s mountain streams, this sport angler’s favorite fish is the only freshwater fish of all its species native to North Carolina.
Hint (saltwater): Most fish of this type weigh around 30 or 40 pounds, but some of the larger ones can reach 75 pounds. Reddish fish are known for their strength and have become a popular Cajun delicacy.
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Answer: North Carolina State Fish
Answer: brook trout from the southern Appalachians (freshwater), bass (saltwater)
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Clue: North Carolina state mammal
This state has two official mammals. One is the gray squirrel. The other is the only marsupial found in North America. They are best known for their habit of “playing dead” when threatened. They can hang from branches using their prehensile tails and have a clawless toe that functions much like an opposable thumb.
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Answer: North Carolina state mammal
– State of mammals: Gray squirrel, Virginia opossum
Clue: North Carolina State Song
North Carolina State Song was very popular and has served as an unofficial state song since it was written in 1835. However, it was not incorporated into law until 1927.
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Answer: North Carolina State Song
– Answer: “The Old North State”
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Clue: insect from the state of North Carolina
State Insect: This species has been in trade since at least 1622, when populations were shipped from Britain to Virginia. World War I increased its commercialization, establishing more developed highways and popularizing the use of motor vehicles.
State butterfly: This insect is known to indulge in puddles, a practice in which they congregate in puddles, mud or on wet gravel. In doing so, they can extract sodium ions and amino acids from their environment, which can be used later in reproduction.
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Answer: insect from the state of North Carolina
– Insect status: European honey bee (Apis mellifera)
– State butterfly: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
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Clue: North Carolina state tree
North Carolina is unique: it doesn’t actually have a state tree, but rather has one genus of state, or group of tree species. The group is a conifer which growing all over the state, well adapted to sandy, acidic soils, and these trees have always been important to the lumber industry and North Carolina’s naval turpentine and pitch supplies.
Answer: North Carolina state tree
Answer: Pin (Pinus)
Clue: bird of the state of North Carolina
Probably one of the first birds American children learn to spot in their backyard, this bright and beloved bird is a favorite of many states. The characteristic red color of the species and its spiky hairstyles are hard to miss.
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Answer: North Carolina State Bird
Answer: northern cardinal
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Clue: North Carolina state flower
Common in North Carolina, the state flower can be found from the coast to the mountains. This flower is present all year round, changing in appearance with each season. Minus a flower and more like a tree with blossoms, this can grow to 30 to 40 feet at maturity.
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Answer: North Carolina State Flower