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Thorny Devil

Moloch horridus


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.


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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Seema 9 years ago

great spotting

pascuac2018 10 years ago

Very nice perspective

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Nice timing...

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 11 years ago

wow, , , ,

moralcoral 11 years ago

very nice perspective!

AurelRavoux 11 years ago

Yes he does!:-)

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

Cool! Does he make a good pet? LOL

Atul 11 years ago

fantastic pic pal welcome to project noah

SandraH 11 years ago

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

RocioVillegas 11 years ago

and awesome shot...:)

RocioVillegas 11 years ago

Niiiice little fella!

LauraMaria 11 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 11 years ago

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

LauraMaria 11 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!

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Northern Territory, Australia

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

Spotted for Mission

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