What are the state symbols of Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania (WHTM) – Each state in the country has either a nickname, a selection of symbols, or whatever they’re known for. Pennsylvania is no different.

Here are some of the symbols that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is known for pa.gov.

State Bird: Ruffed Grouse


The state bird of Pennsylvania is the Ruffed Grouse. These birds are brown in color and look like mukhtars. The bird gets its name from the black “ruffles” on the side of its neck.

The bird was an important food source for the early settlers and can be seen throughout the Pennsylvania woods.

State dog: Great Dane

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The state dog is the Great Dane. In border Pennsylvania, they have been used for hunting and are considered a working breed. William Penn even had a Great Dane! A portrait of Penn and his great Dane hangs in the Governor’s Reception Room at the Pennsylvania Capitol.

State animal: white-tailed deer


Native Americans and settlers relied on these animals for food and clothing and they can still be seen throughout the state.

State tree: Eastern hemlock


This tree can be seen all over Pennsylvania. These trees are slow growing and can live up to 800 years. These trees also take between 250-300 years to reach maturity.

State flower: Mount Laurel


These white and pink flowers have a very fragrant scent. They also resemble stars and are considered evergreen shrubs. In the spring, many of the mountains in the state turn pink because of Mount Laurel.

State fish: Brook Trout

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This trout is the only trout species native to Pennsylvania. They love clean, clear water, and call the state’s 4,000-mile-long cool streams home.

State insect: firefly

AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell

These tiny insects create nature’s smallest fireworks. They are a sight to behold on warm Pennsylvania summer nights.

Amphibious State: East Hillbender


This salamander is the largest on the North American continent. They only live in clean water and, unfortunately, their population is declining. Amphibian State’s official address is Spreading Awareness to Conserve Their Habitats.