Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Creature Wednesday/Thorny Devil



Here I am late on Wednesday afternoon finely getting around to writing a post, been a fullish day, I attended my aqua class then an hour after I get home I leave again to go with Jessica to the school to talk about Leo going to high school next year.

Anyway Wednesday is creature day and today's creature is the Thorny Devil, heard of it, nope, me neither.

It is a small type of lizard found in hot Australian desert, it is covered in very sharp spines between the devils thorns are tiny grooves leading towards its head. This means that when dew collects on the lizard it can suck the water from all over its body into its mouth. So if it can't find a lake to drink from no problem.

It's sharp spines make it hard for animals hunting it to hold it in their mouths and it's colouring means it camouflaged against the sand and rocks of the desert.

If that's not enough behind its head is a fake head, a knobbly lump with two horns on it, when in danger the lizard turns its real head down, leaving the fake head sticking up. So if a predator tries t o attack its real eyes and brain stay safe.

Because of its multiple survival methods it can live up to 20 years




5 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Jo-Anne - he's a great little lizard ... they are quite extraordinary creatures ... thanks for this - cheers Hilary

CWMartin said...

I have some co-workers I believe have fake heads too...

Rita said...

We have a similar type of lizard in the desert here called a horned lizard. I used to have one as a pet. They bury themselves down in the sand, too, for additional camouflage. Cute as can be in my eyes. ;)

Dee said...

Dear Jo-Anne, what a fascinating creature/critter! Thanks for telling us about him. Peace.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Hilary.......You're welcome, it is extraordinary indeed

Chris......I so get that

Rita......There are so many interesting creatures in the world

Dee.......You're welcome

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