Thorny Mountain Devil by Karen Stackpole

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Wongan Hills, Western Australia.
Fuji S200 EXR camera, hand held.

Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus) is an Australian lizard. It is also known as the Thorny Dragon, Mountain Devil, Thorny Lizard, or the Moloch and is the sole species of genus Moloch. It grows up to 20 cm (8 in) in length and can live up to 20 years, coloured in camouflaging shades of desert browns and tans; these change from pale colours when warm to darker colours when cold. The species is entirely covered with conical spines that are mostly uncalcified. It also features a spiny “false-head” on the back of the neck, the animal presents this to a potential predator by dipping its real head. Females are larger than males. The Thorny Devil’s body is ridged in structure, and enables the animal to collect water from any part of its body, which is then channelled to the mouth


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  • Randall Scholten
    Randall Scholtenalmost 4 years ago

    Amazing shot… and great description!

  • Thanks so much Randall, they are an amazing little creature, truely amazing!

    – Karen Stackpole

  • vesa50
    vesa50almost 4 years ago

    Great shot. Interesting creature…

  • Thanks Vesa, they sure are, and luckily they dont move too fast so I was able to watch for quite some time and get very close too :-)

    – Karen Stackpole

  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teaguealmost 4 years ago

    Great find Karen. Not sure I’d want to get too close.

  • Ahh Elaine, he was sooooo cute :-) LOL. Thanks for the comment

    – Karen Stackpole

  • Adrian Kent
    Adrian Kentalmost 4 years ago

    My favorite lizard, great shot, I love the way they rock backwards and forwards when the move :)

  • Yeah, they’re pretty cool little critters, thanks Adrian

    – Karen Stackpole

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopalmost 4 years ago

    25th September 2010

    Don’t forget to enter the best of “L” challenge Here

    Great capture Karen, well done.

    David xx

  • Thanks for the honour David, have entered it :-)

    – Karen Stackpole

  • Gabrielle  Hope
    Gabrielle Hopealmost 4 years ago

    Great capture Karen, I was hoping to see one of these when I went to Uluru, but no luck.

  • Thanks Gabrielle, sorry you didnt get to see one though, they’re great little characters :-)

    – Karen Stackpole

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 3 years ago

  • Thanks so much to all who voted. A great challenge Karen, thanks

    – Karen Stackpole

  • Bernhard Matejka
    Bernhard Matejkaover 2 years ago

    Wonderful find and shot – I never have seen something like this!

  • Thank you Bernhard. I had never seen a wild one until this one. We saw 3 this day. Very lucky as they are quite rare

    – Karen Stackpole

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