Where Do Rhinoceros Beetles Live?

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Rhinoceros beetles live on every continent except for Antarctica. In the United States, they can be found in the South, from Arizona then northeast to Nebraska and eastward.

In the wild, rhinoceros beetles live among plants, leaf litter and fallen logs. These habitats create a safe place for them during the day. These herbivorous beetles are sometimes collected as pets, which means they are living in captivity.

Rhinoceros beetles are known for the horn-like projections found on the males of the species. They are also sometimes called the Hercules beetle, because adults of some species can lift up to 850 times their weight. Their horns and great strength help them to dig into the soil and leaf litter to escape from danger.