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Texas State Symbols

Each state in the United States of America is unique. The people and legislature of Texas have selected the following state symbols to represent their state's individual environment and culture.

The Texas State Seal

[Image of The Texas State Seal]

The Mexican seal was probably the basis for the live oak and olive wreaths that have made their way onto Texas' present seal. In 1845, when Texas gained statehood in the Union, the images of the Republic's seal were retained, and the word "Republic" was replaced with "State".

The olive and the live oak branches can be considered to represent peace and strength respectively.

The 50 State Seals

The Texas State Flag

[Image of The Texas State Flag]

The flag was adopted as the state flag when Texas became the 28th state in 1845. As with the flag of the United States, the blue stands for loyalty, the white represents strength, and the red is for bravery.

The 50 State Flags

Other State Symbols

  • Bird: Northern Mockingbird
  • Dinosaur: Brachiosaur Sauropod
  • Dog: Blue Lacy
  • Fish: Guadalupe Bass
  • Flower: Bluebonnet
  • Fruit: Texas Red Grapefruit
  • Gemstone: Texas Blue Topaz
  • Grass: Sideoats grama
  • Insect: Monarch Butterfly
  • Mammal (small): Nine-banded Armadillo
  • Mammal (large): Texas Longhorn
  • Mammal (flying): Mexican free-tailed Bat
  • Motto: Friendship
  • Nickname: The Lone Star State
  • Nut: Native Pecan
  • Plant: prickly Pear Cactus
  • Reptile: Texas Horned Lizard (Horny Toad)
  • Shell: Lightning Whelk
  • Slogan: The Friendly State
  • Soil: Houston Black
  • Song: Texas, Our Texas
  • Stone: Petrified Palmwood
  • Tree: Pecan
  • Vegetable: Texas Sweet Onion

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