Thorny devils have extremely sharp spines that effectively deter any predators that might want to bite or swallow it.
Scientific name: Moloch horridus
Under the sand dunes the cool, stable temperature makes an ideal place to incubate eggs.
The egg chamber is safe so the thorny devils can take their time hatching out. Once they have rested and their spikes have hardened up, the newly hatched babies dig their way out through the sand. After getting their bearings and looking for shade they search out their first meal of ants.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The Thorny devil can be found in a number of locations including: Australia. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.
The following habitats are found across the Thorny devil distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web