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Find profile, botanical name, adoption date and details, description, and a photo of the official or representative State Animal or State Mammal of each of the states that have adopted one.
Official State Animals and Mammals
Mammal and Animal Official State Designations
Animals dominate human conceptions of life on Earth not simply by their size, abundance, and sheer diversity but also by their mobility, a trait that humans share. So integral is movement to the conception of animals that sponges, which lack muscle tissues, were long considered to be plants. Only after their small movements were noticed in 1765 did the animal nature of sponges slowly come to be recognized.
In size animals are outdone on land by plants, among whose foliage they may often hide. In contrast, the photosynthetic algae, which feed the open oceans, are usually too small to be seen, but marine animals range to the size of whales. Diversity of form, in contrast to size, only impinges peripherally on human awareness of life and thus is less noticed. Nevertheless, animals represent three-quarters or more of the species on Earth, a diversity that reflects the flexibility in feeding, defense, and reproduction which mobility gives them. Animals follow virtually every known mode of living that has been described for the creatures of Earth.
Animals move in pursuit of food, mates, or refuge from predators, and this movement attracts attention and interest, particularly as it becomes apparent that the behavior of some creatures is not so very different from human behavior. Other than out of simple curiosity, humans study animals to learn about themselves, who are a very recent product of the evolution of animals.
State Animals and Mammals
Mammals are vertebrates (backboned animals) that feed their young on mother's milk.
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