(STACKER) – Every state of America can boast of its culture, history and natural beauty. To represent such diversity, people from these states have chosen their own set of symbols and customs.
Specific flags, songs, mottos, flowers and even fruits honor the uniqueness of individual states. Some of these symbols border on the strange: for example, Texas has made the Dutch oven its official state pot. Other characters are more versatile than state birds.
Many people remember learning about the history of their states back in elementary school. But can you still remember your state bird? How about your state flower? To test your state knowledge, Contributor compiled a list of symbols of Georgia.
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Hint: Georgia State Fish
Hint (freshwater): Despite its name, this fish is actually an elongated sunfish. Also known as perch, green trout and black perch, they are predators that roam the state’s rich vegetation freshwater.
Hint (cold-water fish): This fish is easy to spot along the white line that outlines the front of the lower fin, and is the only local fish of its kind in the southeast.
Hint (salt water): Nicknames for this game fish include spot-tailed perch, bass-bass and puppy drum. They are found along the Atlantic coast and in brackish waterways in bays and coves.
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Answer: fish of the state of Georgia
Answers: fat perch (freshwater), trout from the brook of the Southern Appalachians (cold-water wild fish), red drum (salted fish)
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Hint: Georgia Mammals
Georgia has two official mammals. One is the popular white-tailed deer. The second is marine mammals, which can grow up to 52 feet in length on a diet of incredibly tiny crustaceans, which they filter out of ocean waters. On the head they have characteristic areas of whitish rough skin that can be used to distinguish individuals.
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Answer: The mammal of the state of Georgia
– State mammals: white-tailed deer, right whale
Hint: the state song of Georgia
Georgia native Ray Charles is perhaps one of the greatest rhythm and blues musicians of all time. In 1979, the state governor signed a bill that made one of its most famous numbers the official state song of Georgia. Although Charles made the song famous, it actually has a history dating back to 1930, the same year that Ray Charles was born.
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Answer: the state song of Georgia
– Answer: “Georgia in mind”
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Hint: an insect from Georgia
State insect: This species is found all over the globe, which makes it the most important agricultural pollinator in the world. He is known for his sophisticated ways of communicating, including through pheromones.
State Butterfly: This insect can be seen between spring and fall, found in areas with deciduous forests. These habitats include forests, rivers, roadsides, gardens and city parks.
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Answer: The insect of Georgia
– State insect: European honey bee (Description Mellifera)
– State Butterfly: Oriental Tiger Swallow (Papilio glaucus)
Hint: Georgia State Tree
A large, fast-growing tree, The state tree of Georgia Grows on sandy soils, along streams and along city streets from southeastern Virginia to south Florida. This tree has historically been considered a symbol of strength because the early Americans used it for shipbuilding; their small height and low hanging branches make the lumber of this tree ideal for curved sections of hulls.
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Answer: The state tree of Georgia
Answer: the southern oak is alive (Quercus virginiana)
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Hint: a bird of the state of Georgia
This bird may have a dull color, but it compensates for the size. On average, they are almost a foot long.
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Answer: A bird of the state of Georgia
Answer: Brown thrasher
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Hint: a flower of the state of Georgia
This flower is widely distributed in Indigenous Cherokee tribe, flower waxy white with a golden middle. Blooming in early spring, this flower is surrounded by green leaves and has many thorns. This flower has a rich aroma and has been used for medicinal purposes for millions of years.
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Answer: A flower of the state of Georgia
Answer: rose cherokee