A state symbol can come in the form of state animals, mammals, a state bird and flower, amphibians, nicknames, state seals, and much more.

State symbols were adopted by states to best represent them and their historical roots, their geological makeup, their past and present successes, and the ecosystem and habitats that make up the state. Like all other states, there are many Delaware state symbols.

What is Delaware’s State Animal?

The grey fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) is the official Delaware state animal and has been since 2010. Grey foxes are used to pay homage to Delaware’s famous wildlife heritage and also the state’s efforts in environmental protection and species preservation over the years.

State animal of Delaware

The Delaware state animal, the grey fox, was a suggestion by the fourth-grade students at Joseph M. McVey Elementary School in Newark, DE as part of a teacher named Paul Sedacca’s persuasive writing lesson. Native to Delaware, this beautiful animal is estimated to have been around for 10 million years or more! The grey fox also has a unique ability to be able to climb trees and run as fast as 28 miles per hour!

Most states will have their symbols showcase a relevant story, that is indicative of the state and its history, and The First State puts its history and what it stands for across very well in its state animal. These interesting facts about Delaware and a whole host of others are what makes the state so unique and fascinating to those that live there or are researching the historical events of the state.