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16 Animals Whose Names Are Complete Lies


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2. Prairie dog.

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They do live on prairies and open grasslands in North America, but they're definitely rodents, not dogs. They get that name from their call that apparently sounds a bit like a bark (you can judge for yourself whether it actually does).


4. Flying fox.

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For starters this is a bat and not a fox. But they're not really like the small bats we have in Europe or North America. They have excellent eyesight and smell, but no echolocation. And they have a wingspan that can reach 5 feet wide. Foxes do not have wings.

6. Lionfish.


Ok, so it is a fish but its definitely not a lion. Their stripes serve both as a close-up warning to predators that the fish is poisonous, and as camouflage that breaks up its the outline from far away. Just saying but maybe tigerfish would have been a better name. (It doesn't even have a mane).

7. Mountain goat.


Not a goat, also not a mountain. They are pretty close relatives to goats, but are more accurately called goat-antelopes. Mountain goats live in alpine environments where they can show off their impressive climbing abilities.


8. Honey badger.


More anatomically similar to weasels, honey badgers are native to Africa and parts of Asia and are pretty ferocious. They got their name because they were assigned to a subfamily of badgers in 1860, before anyone realised they're not actually very badger-like at all.

9. Seahorse.


Obviously not a horse, but I guess they kind of look a bit equine? Sadly their upright pose means they are not actually very good swimmers and can easily die of exhaustion in rough seas. Maybe a real horse would cope better.


15. Mongoose.


As you can clearly see, not a goose. Mongooses are mammals and mostly live in Africa. While some are partially aquatic, most make their homes on dry land. Unlike actual geese.


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