Rhinoceros vs. Rhinoceros Look-al

The African rhinoceros is a special animal due to its thick, armored skin and large curved horn.

Rhinoceros means ‘nose with horn’.

The critically endangered black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) is also called the hook rhinoceros.

The white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) is also called the square-lipped rhinoceros.

Some animals are described as ‘rhino’ by their scientific or common name because they have a horn that looks like a rhino horn.

The rhinoceros catfish (Pterygoplichthys scrophos) from South America is a fish with a ridged armored body and two horn-like protrusions on its head that look like rhinoceros horns.

The bumps are actually nostril flaps so that water does not go up the nose.

His body is completely covered in small plates that look like armor.

The rhinoceros iguana (Cyclura cornuta) of the Caribbean, Haiti and the Dominican Republic is a large, diurnal lizard with a bony horn-like lump on its nose that looks like a rhinoceros horn.

A rhinoceros (left) and a rhinoceros iguana (right)

Rhino iguana

The rhinoceros chameleon (Furcifer rhinoceratus) from Madagascar is a chameleon lizard with a horn-like nose.

Chameleon, rhinoceros (left) and rhinoceros (right)

The rhinoceros viper (Bitis nasicornis) is a nocturnal venomous snake from West and Central Africa.

It has a narrow, flat, triangular head with a distinctive set of two or three horn-like scales on the tip of its nose.

rhinoceros viper rhinoceros

The West African horned viper (Bitis gabonica rhinoceros) from West Africa is a nocturnal venomous snake.

It has a large, cream-colored, triangular-shaped head, with a dark blue-black triangle behind and below its eyes.

It has a pair of horn-like structures between its nostrils.

West African humped viper

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