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South Carolina State Animal:

White-tailed deer fawn - click to see all state animal symbols
White-tailed deer fawn; photo by Mathew Paulson on Flickr
(noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).
See All State Animals - Mammals.

White-Tailed Deer

See white-tailed deer video below

South Carolina designated the white-tailed deer (odocoileus virginianus) as official state animal in 1972. An animal of incredible beauty and power, white-tailed deer are able to run up to 40 miles per hour, jump 9 foot fences, and swim 13 miles per hour.

The white underside of the deer's tail waves when running and is flashed as a warning when danger is sensed. Both native Americans and settlers relied on the white-tailed deer for buckskin and food.

White-tailed deer buck - click to see all state mammals
White-tailed deer buck photo © Richard Mousel / CritterZone:
Animal - Wildlife - Nature Stock Photography (no use without a
license; contact CritterZone for commercial application license).
See All State Animals - Mammals.
White-tailed deer doe - click to see all animal symbols
Photo of white-tail deer doe in snow from: Nature of New England.
See All State Animals - Mammals.

Eleven states have designated the white-tailed deer as a state symbol: Arkansas - Illinois - Michigan - Mississippi - Nebraska - New Hampshire - Ohio - Oklahoma - Pennsylvania - South Carolina - Wisconsin.

Source:
State Symbols & Emblems of South Carolina: SC Legislature
State Animal - The Whitetail Deer: SC Legislature Online
White-tailed Deer: National Wildlife Federation
White-tailed Deer: Animal Diversity Web; U of Michigan
Links:
White-tailed Deer: Nature Works
Forest Foods Deer Eat: MI Dept of Natural Resources
Free Photos: Nature of New England
All State Animals - Mammals


    

 

South Carolina Symbols & Icons:

animal - dog
bird - game bird 
amphibian -fish
reptile - butterfly
insect - spider
flower - grass
tree -wildflower 
shell
gem - stone
fruit - garden
beverage 1 - 2

flag - pledge
seal - motto - quarter
name-nickname
language - poet
folk art - dance
folk dance
song 1 - song 2 - waltz
opera - popular music
academy-center
hall - museum
tapestry - tartan
 

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