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Which US States Have Official State Dinosaurs?

Updated: Feb 12, 2024

Each state in the US has a list of official symbols representative of that state’s identity, and there are seven that even have official state dinosaurs: Colorado, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. Most states' official dinosaurs were chosen because of fossils that were discovered in those states. The stegosaurus is Colorado’s official dinosaur, Maryland’s is the herbivore astrodon, and Missouri claims the Hypsibema missouriensis. The duck-billed hadrosaurus is New Jersey’s dinosaur, and Oklahoma chose the acrocanthosaurus. Texas’s Paluxysaurus jonesi state dinosaur is thought to be the tallest known, and Wyoming’s triceratops was selected by elementary school children as part of a contest.

More about state symbols:

  • In 2001, Utah selected Jell-O® as its official state snack. The state has the highest Jell-O® consumption per capita in the world.

  • The official state toy of Pennsylvania is the Slinky®. Only two other states have official toys: Kansas has the Etch a Sketch®, and Missouri has the teddy bear.

  • In 1962, Maryland became the first state to have an official state sport: jousting.
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Allison Boelcke, a digital marketing manager and freelance writer, helps businesses create compelling content to connect with their target markets and drive results. With a degree in English, she combines her writing skills with marketing expertise to craft engaging content that gets noticed and leads to website traffic and conversions. Her ability to understand and connect with target audiences makes her a valuable asset to any content creation team.
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By anon343630 — On Aug 01, 2013

And who says our legislators do nothing?

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Allison Boelcke
Allison Boelcke, a digital marketing manager and freelance writer, helps businesses create compelling content to connect with their target markets and drive results. With a degree in English, she combines her writing skills with marketing expertise to craft engaging content that gets noticed and leads to website traffic and conversions. Her ability to understand and connect with target audiences makes her a valuable asset to any content creation team.
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