These 5 Animals Got Their Names From Other Animals

With so many different animals and varieties of species out there, it is hard to come up with original names. Here are 5 creatures that got their names from their fellow friends of the animal kingdom.

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Rhinoceros Beetle

The large horn is pretty much synonymous with the rhinoceros, so it seems only fitting for this beetle to share the name. The horn is used for fighting with other males during mating season. While there are more than 1,500 species of rhinoceros beetle, they all have one thing in common; the horned head.

Elephant Shrew

The elephant shew is a rodent-like creature with a large snout that it uses to suck up little bugs on the ground. Despite their miniature stature, they are oddly closer to elephants than actual shrews, putting them in the family of tenrecs, hyraxes, and aardvarks.

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Bee Hummingbird

The bee hummingbird is the smallest living bird in the world.  It only grows to a maximum length of 2.4 inches and weighs less than a penny! They move around almost like a buzzing bee, which explains the name.

Skunk Bear

Also known as the wolverine, it’s appropriately named the skunk bear as it has the same scent glands. This scent is used to both mark territory, as well as attract the attention of potential mates. Much like the skunk, the smell that emits is quite smelly!

Leopard Frog

The distinct brownish spots very much resemble the leopards', and they stand out against its contrasting green skin. While there are 14 species of this type of frog, they all have that spotted appearance. These frogs are used in science and medical research, for subjects such as neurology and cancer.