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SOURCES: John; Wikipedia: List of U.S. state reptiles; Wikipedia: List of U.S. state shells; Wikipedia: List of U.S. state soils; Wikipedia: List of U.S. state trees; "State Names,...
State Name Massachusetts
State reptile > Year adopted 2,006
State shells > Shell Wrinkled Whelk
State shells > Year designated 1,987
State soil
Paxton
State soil > Year adopted 1,990
State tree American Elm
State tree > Binomial Nomenclature Ulmus americana
State tree > Year adopted 1,808 [6th of 6]
Symbols > State animal
Tabby Cat (State cat); Boston Terrier (State dog); Morgan Horse (State horse); Right Whale (State marine mammal)
Symbols > State bird
Chickadee (State bird); Wild Turkey (State game bird)
Symbols > State motto
Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)
U.S. state beverages > Drink Cranberry Juice
U.S. state beverages > Year & Citation 1970
U.S. state colors > Color 1
U.S. state colors > Color 2
U.S. state insects > Binomial name Coccinella septempunctata
U.S. state insects > State insect
Ladybug
U.S. state minerals, rocks, stones and gemstones > State Geological Symbols > Mineral Babingtonite
U.S. state minerals, rocks, stones and gemstones > State Geological Symbols > Rock
Roxbury Puddingstone (1983)

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ALTERNATIVE NAMES: MA

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