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Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus)

This bizarre little lizard has a terrible name for such an in-offensive creature. The name quite literally means “horrible devil”. Moloch was a Canaanite God (Devil) to whom children were sacrificed!

Luckily, this little fellow is completely harmless to humans. It feeds only on tiny ants and may eat over 1,000 at each meal! It can drink without having it’s head near water, too! The water moves through tiny channels in the skin towards the corners of the mouth, where it is sucked in. The lizard needs only to have one foot in the water.

Did you know that each Thorny Devil can be identified individually by its own unique pattern on it's underbelly.

Source: Alice Springs Reptile Centre

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Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus) © AusEmade Pty Ltd

Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus) © AusEmade Pty Ltd

Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus) © AusEmade Pty Ltd

Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus) © AusEmade Pty Ltd

Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus) © AusEmade Pty Ltd

Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus) © AusEmade Pty Ltd

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