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A Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus) almost done crossing the road near Yulara, Northern Territory, Australia Thorny Devils can be quite common where they live, but their excellent camouflage and slow movement makes them very difficult to find. They are most often seen crossing roads, like this one was. Australia,Geotagged,Moloch horridus,Spring,Thorny devil Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

A Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus) almost done crossing the road near Yulara, Northern Territory, Australia

Thorny Devils can be quite common where they live, but their excellent camouflage and slow movement makes them very difficult to find. They are most often seen crossing roads, like this one was.

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  1. omg, I'm honoured that you started posting, John. What a bizarre beauty, and well described! Posted 3 years ago
  2. Amazing create and shot! :) Posted 3 years ago
  3. Thanks, Ferdy and John! Posted 3 years ago
  4. Amazing!! Posted 3 years ago
  5. Great Picture! One of my favourite reptile from down under:-)! Posted 3 years ago
  6. Great species John, and welcome to Jungle Dragon. Your presence will be one of expertise and experience. I actually know a number of Sullivan's ... do you know the Sullivan Journal from the St. Louis area in Missouri ? That would be so funny if you do .... Posted 3 years ago
  7. Thanks Living Wild. I'm afraid I don't know the Sullivan Journal. Sounds like a most excellent journal, from the name. My mom is actually from St. Louis but she was a Patterson at the time. Posted 3 years ago, modified 3 years ago
  8. great shot, I have spent two years in Australia - long before the digital cameras existed- and never managed a shot! Posted 3 years ago
    1. It took me four visits to Australia over twelve years to finally find a live one, and I was definitely looking! Posted 3 years ago
  9. Great shot John. A perfectly captured strut ! Is that 'made' road ? Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks Mark! Yes, that's a "sealed road", as they call them in Australia. Posted 3 years ago
  10. Awesome! Posted 10 months ago
  11. Great picture of an amazing creature - well done!
    Posted 10 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''.
The thorny devil grows up to 20 cm in length, and it can live up to 20 years. Most of these lizards are coloured in camouflaging shades of desert browns and tans. These colours change from pale colours during warm weather and to darker colours during cold weather. These animals are covered entirely with conical spines.. more

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by John Sullivan
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Uploaded Nov 19, 2015. Captured Oct 10, 2015 00:53 in Lasseter Hwy, Yulara NT 0872, Australia.
  • PENTAX K-5
  • f/4.5
  • 1/200s
  • ISO400
  • 300mm