The First Animals on Earth

From Khnemu in Middle Egypt came the tale that eight frogs and snakes were the first animals to be made by Thoth as he created the world. The Greeks took over in the 300s BC and renamed the capital Hermopolis, continued the cult and clust- ered the reptiles into a group called the Ogdoad - meaning "the group of eight".
See Ogdoad   Main text.