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American BuffaloThe American buffalo was recognized as theanimal symbol of Kansas in 1955. A male bison canweigh over 1800 pounds!Historical SocietyKansas Historical Society 2012

Ornate Box TurtleThe ornate box turtle became the official state reptile in 1986.The box turtle prefers prairies and pastures.Historical SocietyKansas Historical Society 2012

HoneybeeThe honeybee became the official state insect in 1976.Honeybees play an important role in agriculture.Historical SocietyKansas Historical Society 2012

Wild Native SunflowerThe sunflower became the official state flower in 1903. It ison the Kansas state quarter, state flag, and the nicknamefor Kansas is “The Sunflower State.”Kansas Historical Societykshs.org

Barred Tiger SalamanderThe barred tiger salamander became the official state amphibianin 1994. It can grow to be 14 inches long.Historical SocietyKansas Historical Society 2012

Ad Astra Per Aspera“To the stars through difficulties”The state motto of Kansas is Ad astra per aspera (To the starsthrough difficulties). The state motto can be seen on the Kansasstate flag and state seal.Historical SocietyKansas Historical Society 2012

Western MeadowlarkIn 1937 the western meadowlark became the officialstate bird. The western meadowlark is a familiar songbird oftenseen perched on fence-posts in grasslands.Historical SocietyKansas Historical Society 2012

CottonwoodThe cottonwood became the official state tree in 1937.The cottonwood have triangular to diamond-shaped leaves.Historical SocietyKansas Historical Society 2012

Little BluestemBecause of the efforts of school children from across the state,Little Bluestem became the official grass of Kansas in 2010. Thisnative grass can be found in every county in Kansas.It grows from two to five feet tall.Historical SocietyKansas Historical Society 2012

Harney Silt LoamKansas even has a state soil. Harney silt loam became thestate soil in 1990. This prairie soil covers almost four millionacres in west central Kansas and is ideal for growing wheatand prairie grass.Historical SocietyKansas Historical Society 2012

DAPER ASARPESTRAAState SealThe symbols on the official state seal were named by the firstKansas legislature in 1861.Historical SocietyKansas Historical Society 2012

Coloring book Kansas Historical Society Historical Society. American Buffalo The American buffalo was recognized as the animal symbol of Kansas in 1955. A male bison can weigh over 1800 pounds! Kansas Historical Society 2012 Historical Society. Ornate Box Turtle