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Dung Beetles are part of the family Scarabaeidae or Scarab Beetles found worldwide but considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians and often painted on temples and tombs. These creatures clean up the dung of other animals, forming it into a ball shape and rolling it to their nest in the ground using their back legs. The Egyptians connected this act to the god Ra, who rolled the sun across the sky each day.

Although it is not canon, we might surmise that since Newt Scamander had just visited Egypt to rescue Frank the Thunderbird in 1926, it's possible he picked up the Giant Dung Beetle there. He also mentions traveling through Sudan, another country in the Sahara desert.

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