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Thorny devils, the weird-looking lizards with spines, are much gentler than their scary looks portray. This Buzzle article brings to you some interesting facts about these curious creatures.
The thorny devil, a.k.a. thorny dragon, mountain devil, thorny lizard, or moloch, as the name suggests, is a lizard that has thorny spikes all over its body. Scientifically named as Moloch horridus, it belongs to the family Agamidae, and is the sole species of the genus Moloch in the world. This creature is found primarily in large parts of Central Australia, and in some parts of Western Australia.
In 1841, a British zoologist named John Edward Gray presented a first ever description of the creature. Owing to the fact that the thorny devil is the sole species in its genus, some biologists have suggested that its closest relative on the planet may be the ‘North American horned lizard’, which belongs to the genus Phrynosoma. Both species have certain similar features like the horns, which may be due to convergent evolution phenomenon.One of the strangest lizards in the world, the thorny devil’s body is covered entirely with uncalcified conical spines. These spines give the creature a thorny appearance, hence the name.
➦ An interesting feature of the horny dragon is the fact that it bears a false head, just on top of its real head. This is used to deceive predators.
➦ As scary and dreadful as they may look, these lizards are actually not very big in size. They can grow up to 20 cm long.
➦ Their average lifespan, in the wild, is around 20 years.
➦ The most astonishing thing about these creatures is their ability to change colors, a camouflaging mechanism. Depending on various factors, such as weather, time of the day, and the place where they are, they can take on various shades of desert browns and tans.
➦ It has ridges along its entire length. These ridges act as tiny channels that can collect morning dew and water from the desert sand. The ridges also enable water to reach the reptile’s mouth by means of capillary action, thus enabling it to consume the stored water.
➦ The thorny devil has a very unusual gait, and strolls very slowly through the desert sand.
Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/facts-about-the-thorny-devil.html
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