Which animals do you think of as dishonest?

I'm currently editing a fantasy novel, and there's a place where I've referred to a person who's lying as a "smug toad". It occurred to me that the association between toads and dishonesty is specific to Earth (and maybe to English-speaking cultures), so I ought to try to come up with something different.

So can anyone think of another animal that you might personify as a habitual liar? Which animals do non-English cultures on Earth see as dishonest? Ideally it should be one that's native to Europe (including the British Isles), because that's what I'm using as a basis for the flora and fauna.

(Suggested category: Food & Drink -> Vegetarian and Vegan. D'oh...)

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I always thought of hyenas as knowing more than they're letting on. Also, ferrets.

    And Abby's answer made me think of raccoons.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    A Sssssnake

  • 1 decade ago

    It's not native to Europe, but what about a chameleon? They kind of lie, in the sense that they use camoflage to disappear. Or carpet-sharks! Although, "You smug carpet-shark" doesn't sound too good...

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Snakes, foxes (ie. "sly fox"), rats (ie. "rat fink"), weasels, ferrets, minks, toads, lizards...I can't say that I consider them all as being dishonest, per se, but they are the animals I hear most commonly associated with liars and cheats.

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  • Lmao @ the suggested category.

    Well, I'd consider a fox to be sly, and would probably "lie".

    Maybe that'd work for you?

    :D

    Source(s): I has a questiooon. Maybe you could answer it ;3 http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=201010...
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i agree with everyone a "Hyena, Fox, Wolf" are Great Evil Creatures for Stories

  • 1 decade ago

    Probably a fox. You always hear the term, "Sly Fox," and sly means sneaky.

  • 1 decade ago

    I'd have to say a rug. You catch them at it pretty much everywhere. Not sure of their genus, however.

    (Hoping you forgive me for that! I find it impossible to attribute our more malicious human traits to animals.)

    ~

  • Kitty
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Other than humans, probably bats. I would never trust a bat.

  • puffor
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Hyenas.. anything for a laugh!

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