The Palmetto State has a whopping six official mammals.
The popular white-tailed deer is the state animal, while the bottle-nosed dolphin is the official marine mammal. The northern right whale is the official migratory marine mammal.
The Boykin spaniel is the state dog, the marsh tacky the state horse. The web-toed Boykin spaniel is a good swimmer. Marsh tackies are descended from horses brought to the New World by Spanish explorers.
The mule was designated South Carolina’s official heritage work animal.
There was also a failed attempt to name the pygmy shrew South Carolina’s official land mammal. It would have been the smallest state mammal.
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