Archive for September 24th, 2010

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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