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Thorny Devil

Moloch horridus


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.


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

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36 Comments (1–25)

Dina 9 months ago

Cute creatures, I love them! Great shot!

Jared_C 11 months ago

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

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 11 months 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 a year ago

Amazing image, Congratulations on the SOTD.

bbprevas a year ago

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

MayraSpringmann a year ago

Wow, Gorgeous!

CarolSnowMilne a year ago

Congratulations! Wonderful photo!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

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

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal a year ago

Wonderful..! Congrats..:-)

Atul a year ago


Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri a year ago

congratulations !!!

Argy Bee
Argy Bee a year ago

Congrats. Nice spotting Kristian Bell. Fabulous iconic creature.

Joshua Asel
Joshua Asel a year ago

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

lori.tas a year ago

I have held two, they are soft to the touch. And quite docile. Their spines actually funnel water from the night-time dew to the edges of their mouth.

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

congratulations on your SOTD!

AprilWhite a year 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 a year 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 a year ago

Congrats on your spotting of the day award.

AprilWhite a year ago

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

NuwanChathuranga a year ago

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

Yasser a year 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."


helu1 a year ago

very very strange

fede1 a year ago

how loveli =D

sofi1 a year 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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