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Thorny Devil

Moloch horridus

Description:

Thorny Devil, Western Australia An intimidating array of spikes cover the entire upper side of the body; these thorny scales are a defense mechanism against predators. Camouflage and deception may also be used to evade predation. It has an unusual gait, involving freezing and rocking, as it slowly moves in search of its preferred diet.

Habitat:

It inhabits arid scrub and desert over most of central Australia. In particular, it inhabits spinifex (triodia) sandplain and sandridge desert within the interior and mallee belt. Its distribution largely coincides more with the distribution of sandy and sandy loam soils than with a particular climate in western Australia.

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15 Comments

Seema
Seema 8 years ago

great spotting

pascuac2018
pascuac2018 9 years ago

Very nice perspective

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Nice timing...

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

wow, , , ,

moralcoral
moralcoral 9 years ago

very nice perspective!

AurelRavoux
AurelRavoux 9 years ago

Yes he does!:-)

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Cool! Does he make a good pet? LOL

Atul
Atul 9 years ago

fantastic pic pal welcome to project noah

SandraH
SandraH 9 years ago

great pic - fantastic creature. One of Australia's many treasures. It's not just kangaroos and koalas down there! :)

RocioVillegas
RocioVillegas 9 years ago

and awesome shot...:)

RocioVillegas
RocioVillegas 9 years ago

Niiiice little fella!

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 9 years ago

Excellent, thanks very much! And welcome to Project Noah, I hope we get to see a lot more of your photos :)

Hi Aurel! welcome to noah! have fun!

AurelRavoux
AurelRavoux 9 years ago

Hi Laura,
This should be fixed now. :-)
What a nice website, I am so happy to join it.

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 9 years ago

Hi Aurel, I think you accidentally uploaded that spider picture along with the thorny devil (it's a huge spider though, hope you give it its own spotting!). This is a lovely photo of a very interesting animal :) Very neat!

AurelRavoux
Spotted by
AurelRavoux

Northern Territory, Australia

Spotted on May 10, 2011
Submitted on Oct 28, 2011

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