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Calendar >  Official List of Reptiles – Series of Official State Designations Part 5

Official List of Reptiles – Series of Official State Designations Part 5

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TR Robertson –Probably not something you would think states would take the time to designate as official representatives of their state, but twenty-eight states in the U.S. have designated an official state reptile. Nineteen of the 28 states represent southern states with reptiles more common in warmer climates. More than half of the states chose some species of a turtle and many of the reptiles chosen are endangered in their state. Six states chose a species named after the state. Several of the states have designated more than one reptile to represent the state. The first state to name an official state reptile was Oklahoma, in 1969. Animals and other items designated as official symbols for a state become official after being voted in by their state legislatures.

Official List of Reptiles Designated by States

Alabama – Alabama red-bellied turtle

Arizona – Arizona ridge-nosed rattlesnake

California – Desert tortoise and Leatherback Sea turtle

Colorado – Western painted turtle

Florida – American alligator, Loggerhead Sea turtle and Gopher turtle

Georgia – Gopher tortoise

Illinois – Painted turtle

Kansas – Ornate box turtle

Louisiana – American alligator

Maryland – Diamondback terrapin

Massachusetts – Garter snake

Michigan – Painted turtle

Mississippi – American alligator

Missouri – Three-toed box turtle

Nebraska – Ornate box turtle

Nevada – Desert tortoise

New Jersey – Bog turtle

New Mexico – New Mexico whiptail lizard

New York – Common snapping turtle

North Carolina – Eastern box turtle

Ohio – North black racer

Oklahoma – Common collared lizard

South Carolina – Loggerhead Sea turtle

Tennessee – Eastern box turtle

Texas – Texas horned lizard and Kemp’s Ridley Sea turtle

Utah – Gila monster

Vermont – Painted turtle

Virginia – Eastern garter snake

West Virginia – Timber rattlesnake

Wyoming – Horned lizard

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