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Moloch horridus Yet another memorable souvenir from Australia, a unique reptile I was looking for. This Thorny devil was the second I came across, we were both lucky that I noticed him, he was sunbathing on the middle of the road while I was driving, thanksfuly nobody was driving behind me, I had the time to relocated him a bit further in the bush. its colors were really different from the first specimen and perfectly similar to the environment where it evolved. Australia,Geotagged,Moloch horridus,Spring,Thorny devil,reptile Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Moloch horridus

Yet another memorable souvenir from Australia, a unique reptile I was looking for. This Thorny devil was the second I came across, we were both lucky that I noticed him, he was sunbathing on the middle of the road while I was driving, thanksfuly nobody was driving behind me, I had the time to relocated him a bit further in the bush. its colors were really different from the first specimen and perfectly similar to the environment where it evolved.

    comments (16)

  1. Mind blown again, stunning photography Julien, doing this legendary creature much justice.

    How would you even pick up a creature like this?
    Posted 9 months ago
    1. Thanks Ferdy ! It took me a lot of time too find my first one !
      Haha I had to take him from the side, and I didn't think a lot about it as we were on the middle of the road !
      Posted 8 months ago
    2. It looks dangerous, but is extremely not so. They are slow-moving and not particularly muscular, and the thorns are on fairly flexible skin. They are very cute and gentle lizards pretending to be all scary. (Some animals have gotten in trouble by eating them, but whose fault is that?) Posted 8 months ago
      1. Hah yes, eating a creature like this is natural selection in action, fair game. Posted 8 months ago
  2. Amazing photo of an amazing lizard! Posted 9 months ago
    1. Thank you I appreciate ! Posted 8 months ago
  3. Great shot Julien. They are amazing creatures Posted 9 months ago
    1. Thanks, indeed they are very unique ! Posted 8 months ago
  4. Superb species Posted 9 months ago
    1. Totally ! Posted 8 months ago
  5. Horridus I don't know for who..I like it, is very pretty! Posted 9 months ago
    1. haha I think too ! Posted 8 months ago
  6. Great lighting technique, congratulations for this wonderful photo. Posted 8 months ago
    1. Thank you Flavio, I really enjoy to use a homemade flash diffuser and a wide angle lens for herping photography, the proximity with the subject help a lot in getting a well diffused light Posted 8 months ago
  7. These are my favorite animals in the world -- great photo! Posted 8 months ago
    1. Yes it is an amazing reptile ! Thanks John Posted 8 months ago

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The thorny dragon or thorny devil is an Australian lizard, also known as the mountain devil, the thorny lizard, or the moloch. This is the sole species of genus "Moloch".

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by Julien
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Uploaded Mar 1, 2022. Captured Oct 21, 2019 13:35 in XHVJ+VX Denham WA, Australia.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/11.0
  • 1/250s
  • ISO100
  • 18mm