Run for your lives, it’s an Army of Frogs!

by Katie Bowell, Curator of Cultural Interpretation

An "Army" of Frogs

After last week’s research revealed that a group of grasshoppers is called a “cloud,” I was interested to learn what other creative names are given to aggregations of animals. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Alligators: congretation
  • Bears: sloth (sadly, a group of sloths is not called a “bear.”)
  • Buffalo: obstinancy
  • Catterpillars: army
  • Cockroaches: intrusion
  • Ducks: paddling
  • Emus: mob
  • Flamingos: flamboyance
  • Flies: business
  • Goldfish: troubling
  • Jellyfish: smack
  • Lizards: lounge
  • Moles: labor
  • Parrots: pandemonium
  • Porcupines: prickle
  • Rattlesnakes: rhumba
  • Rhinoceroses : crash
  • Wombats: wisdom

For more animal group names, be sure to read The San Diego Zoo’s great list.

Do you have any favorite “groups o’ animals” names? Have you always thought a group should have a name different than they do? Many of us here at the museum could come up with a few names for the group of squirrels that live in our courtyard, but those really aren’t appropriate to print…

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2 Responses to “Run for your lives, it’s an Army of Frogs!”


  1. 1 Treloar Bower September 28, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    I may be responsible for the increased business of flies in the courtyard this summer! People at History Mystery were talking about how many flies were out there and I just cringed. Population explosion due to CSI camp, perhaps?

  2. 2 Katie September 29, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    You definitely helped with the horde of rats! ;)


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