Desert Animals

Thorny Devil
Thorny Devil
Class: Reptilia: Reptiles Diet: Ants, termites
Order: Squamata: Lizards and Snakes 
Size: body:16 cm (6 1/4 in)
Family: Agamidae: Agamid Lizards Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Moloch horridus Habitat: arid scrub, desert
Range: Australia: Western, North and South, Queensland

Size of Thorny DevilThe grotesque thorny devil is the only species in its genus and one of the strangest of lizards. Its body bristles with large, conical spines, and it has spines above each eye and a spiny hump behind its head. The tail, too, is spiny. It is a slow-moving creature, which forages for its food, mainly ants and termites, on the ground. The female thorny devil lays 3 to 10 eggs, usually 8, in November or December. The newly hatched young are tiny, spiny replicas of their parents.

Range of Thorny Devil


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