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SOURCES: John; Wikipedia: List of U.S. state reptiles; Wikipedia: List of U.S. state soils; Wikipedia: List of U.S. state trees; "State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols" by Benjamin...
State Name California
State reptile > Binomial nomenclature Gopherus agassizii
State reptile > Year adopted 1,972
State soil
San Joaquin
State soil > Year adopted 1,997
State tree
California redwoods
State tree > Binomial Nomenclature
Sequoiadendron giganteum
and
Sequoia sempervirens
Symbols > State animal
California Grizzly Bear (State animal); California Gray Whale (State marine mammal)
Symbols > State bird California Valley Quail
Symbols > State motto Eureka (I have found it)
Traditional abbreviation > Other Cal.
U.S. state beverages > Drink Wine
U.S. state colors > Color 1
U.S. state colors > Color 2
U.S. state grasses > Binomial name Nassella pulchra
U.S. state grasses > State grass
Purple Needlegrass
U.S. state insects > Binomial name Colias eurydice
U.S. state insects > State insect
California Dogface Butterfly
U.S. state minerals, rocks, stones and gemstones > State Geological Symbols > Mineral Gold
U.S. state minerals, rocks, stones and gemstones > State Geological Symbols > Rock Serpentine (1965)

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