The Thorny Devil is a small Australian reptile that goes by many names, such as the mountain devil, thorny lizard, moloch, and thorny dragon. The thorny devil lives in the dry scour, which covers most of central Australia, and moves from place to place.
The best parts of their bodies are protected by spikes and scales, which keep predators away. It also has a “false head” with spikes on the back of its neck, which it shows to predators while hiding its real head.
They live in the sand plain and along the sand edges, both in the mallee belt and in the deep parts of the landmass. The reptile’s living area is more like the sandy soil than any other climate in Western Australia.
The average reptile will grow to be anywhere from 5.9 to 8 inches long. It can be anywhere from 2.5 to 3.4 ounces. The average life span of a thorny devil is between 12 and 20 years. The thorny devil’s count calories are basically ants, and they will eat a part of them. It is thought that the lizard will eat about a thousand ants every day.
The thorny devil will get moisture from the dew that collects on their bodies at night, even though their environment is so dry. The dew forms on the prickly demon’s skin and flows to its mouth through hygroscopic grooves between its skin spines. Because of capillary action, this animal can keep water on its skin even when it’s raining.
On the IUCN list of species that need to be saved, the thorny devil is listed as “Least Concern.” Even though this means there is no immediate concern, at least it is well-known and has a status.
It does have some predators, including humans, but the reptile has also made many ways to protect itself from being eaten.
Interesting Facts about the Thorny Devil:
1. They have a “false head” with spikes on the back of their necks. It is usually shown to possible predators when the real head is lowered between their front legs. The wrong “second” head is made of thin tissue.
2. They are stuck together with hard, sharp spikes and scales to keep predators away.
Not only does this make them dangerous for predators to touch or nibble, but it also makes them hard to swallow.
3. The thorny devil uses camouflage to protect itself because the colours of its body blend in with its surroundings. It can change colours to look like different shades of brown and tan leaves. The colour-changing instrument is affected by things like weather, time of day, and real location. In addition, this reptile has an unusual walk that includes a tightening and shaking motion that it uses to look for food, water, and mates.
They eat ants, and they can eat up to 3,000 of them at once. This means that they spent a lot of their time either looking or eating dinner. They used to catch them with their sticky tongues, then crunch them up and swallow them.
5. The thorny devil can make itself look bigger to predators by filling its chest with talk. This makes the lizard bigger, which scares away predators and makes it harder to swallow.
6. They can run up to 60 kilometres per hour, which is about 37 miles per hour (37 miles per hour). They usually stay still when they sense danger, but they can run away quickly if they have to.
- They can get water by drinking through their feet. It has tiny grooves and channels on its skin that let it gather water and let it flow on its own to its mouth so it can drink. They often walk through places with dew or stand in the rain and let the water run down their backs. This water then goes to their mouths.
- The thorny devil laid her eggs in an underground village. Between September and December, a clutch of three to ten eggs is laid. The eggs will stay in a nesting burrow that is about 30 centimetres underground until they hatch about three or four months later. Whether eggs or young reptiles are taken by wild birds and goannas affects how likely they are to live.
- Women are more important than men. This happens a lot in the world of reptiles. Also, the female is a little bit lighter in colour. The male is a little bit redder than the female.
- The colour of the thorny devil will tell you if it is warm or cool. No matter what sex they are, when thorny devils cool down, they change from a lighter colour to a much darker colour.
- They are named for a person who stopped believing in god. The title “Moloch horridus” makes sense for the prickly demon. It was inspired by John Milton’s poem “Paradise Lost.” The caananite god “Moloch” was linked to giving up in the sonnet. The Latin word horridus means cruel, rough, or sharp.
- The thorny devil has a very long tail that it uses like an extra leg or tripod to help it stay steady when it’s being chased by a predator. If a bigger animal tries to flip the reptile over, it will use its tail to keep it from falling over by putting it against the ground.
- The thorny devil has a very clear way of dating. When a male is trying to find a mate, he often walks with an odd gait, waves his legs, and weaves his head.
- Baby thorny devils are pretty, and many of them already have that beauty when they hatch. The time it takes to hatch depends on how warm it is, but once the babies come out, they are left to fight on their own.
- Even though the sand reptile is not considered to be endangered, its population has been decreasing, but not because predators have been catching and eating them. Many thorny devils die on Australia’s interstates, which go all over the country. It’s not strange that some of them end up dead on the road. In addition, because of how they look, many birds mistake them for twigs and eat them.
- The thorny lizard is safe in a way that has nothing to do with its flaky skin. As part of the Natural Life Preservation Act of 1950, it has been protected in Australia since it was put on land where the prickly demon lives.