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Thorny Devil

Moloch horridus

Description:

How could anyone call this horridus? An absolutely stunning lizard that eats only ants. It is very slow moving and as a result has evolved large, tough spines that cover its body and make it difficult for predators such as birds to eat. Shame the spikes arent quite big enough and strong enough to burst car tyres as this may help the estimated 10,000 of these lizards that die each year on Australia's roads.

Habitat:

It inhabits arid scrub and desert over most of central Australia.


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36 Comments (1–25)

Dina
Dina a year ago

Cute creatures, I love them! Great shot!

Jared_C
Jared_C a year ago

Very nice facial expression! The sly eye. Nice shot!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih a year ago

Stunning picture...

Carol Milne
Carol Milne a year ago

These are my favorite lizards from Australia. I missed it as spot of the day a number of months ago. Great job!

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 2 years ago

Amazing image, Congratulations on the SOTD.

bbprevas
bbprevas 2 years ago

great shot. he seems irritated with the whole photography process.

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 2 years ago

Wow, Gorgeous!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 2 years ago

Congratulations! Wonderful photo!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 years ago

Congratulations, Kristian ! - I love these guys and the frilled necked lizard - yet to see both in the wild.

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 2 years ago

Wonderful..! Congrats..:-)

Atul
Atul 2 years ago

congrats!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 2 years ago

congratulations !!!

Argy Bee
Argy Bee 2 years ago

Congrats. Nice spotting Kristian Bell. Fabulous iconic creature.

Joshua Asel
Joshua Asel 2 years ago

not only a fantastic animal but a freakin beautiful shot. way ta go mayne.

lori.tas
lori.tas 2 years ago

I have held two, they are soft to the touch. And quite docile. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/279... http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/274... Their spines actually funnel water from the night-time dew to the edges of their mouth.

Maria dB
Maria dB 2 years ago

congratulations on your SOTD!

AprilWhite
AprilWhite 2 years ago

Thank you for the info. Sendind this web site to my sister she will love it.. Glad I came across it.. will visit often.

Yasser
Yasser 2 years ago

April, the Horned Lizard you speak of is only morphologically similar to this Thorny Devil. Although they look similar, they're actually not closely related at all.

williefromwi
williefromwi 2 years ago

Congrats on your spotting of the day award.

AprilWhite
AprilWhite 2 years ago

In Tx. this is called a Horny Toad and is an endangered species.

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 2 years ago

Wow!!! great spot, Congratulations Kristian!!!

Yasser
Yasser 2 years ago

Congratulations Kristian! This gorgeous Thorny Devil has earned you Spotting of the Day honors! Thanks for all the awesome submissions and we hope to see many more.

"The Thorny Devil is covered in an intimidating array of spikes and can eat thousands of ants in a day."

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helu1
helu1 2 years ago

very very strange

fede1
fede1 2 years ago

how loveli =D

sofi1
sofi1 2 years ago

how cool!!! =D

Western Australia, Australia

Lat: -22.66, Long: 114.07

Spotted on Jul 17, 2010
Submitted on Mar 17, 2012

Spotted for mission

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