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Thorny Devil | Moloch horridus photo
Thorny Devil near Alice Springs, Australia

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Thorny Devil | Moloch horridus photo
Close up of Thorny Devil saved from the road

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Thorny Devil | Moloch horridus photo
Photographed at Pet and Animal Expo, Brisbane. This shot shows the spiny body. The largest spikes are around the eyes and on the neck..

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Thorny Devil | Moloch horridus photo
Photographed at Pet and Animal Expo, Brisbane

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THORNY DEVIL FACTS

Description
The Thorny Devil is an unusual little reptile covered in thorns including spines above each eye. This lizard belongs to the dragon family and is completely harmless. Thorny Devils have the ability to change colour from yellow to reddish brown to black, depending on which type of soil it is crossing. They each maturity after 3 years and live for about 20 years.

Other Names
Moloch

Size
9cm long (head and body length). 20cm including tail

Habitat
deserts and light bushland

Food
Molochs eat ants caught using their tongue

Breeding
The female Thorny Devil lays about 3 to 10 eggs underground, between September and January. The eggs hatch 3 to 4 months later.

Range
Thorny Devils are found in inland areas of West Australia, South Australian and Northern Territory. It feeds on ants.



Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Sauria)
Family:Agamidae
Genus:Moloch
Species:horridus
Common Name:Thorny Devil