New Jersey already has a state bug (the honeybee) and a state animal (the horse.) The creatures are just two of 13 official symbols for the state. But for years, New Jersey has lacked a reptilian emissary to the greater world.
Now, with a stroke of Gov. Phil Murphy's pen, New Jersey has an official state reptile.
Meet the bog turtle, the adorable new addition to New Jersey's collection of mascots.