Thorny Devils (lizard)

The thorny devil is an Australian lizard. As the name suggest, its body is completely covered in thorny spikes.

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What are the natural predators of the thorny devil?

Natural predators of the thorny devil are birds of prey such as brown falcons and bustards.

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How has the Thorny Devil adapted to its environment?

The thorny devil has thorns/spikes on its back that help it to ward off predators in its environment. It has an extra protuberance on the back of its head which may appear to be like a second head to would-be predators.

These spikes have another function, and that is to help channel water towards the thorny devil's mouth. Water which lands on the Thorny Devil's back, whether it be overnight condensation or rain, runs along tiny grooves on the animal's body to the corner of its mouth. It moves along these grooves by a capillary action set in motion by gulping. The Thorny devil will also rub itself up against vegetation in the early morning to collect condensation on its thorns.

The thorny devil's colouring is orange/yellow and black: perfect for blending into the desert environment in which it lives.

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What is the niche of the thorny devil?

The Thorny Devil is an insectivorous reptile found in Australia's arid interior. It has few predators apart from some brave birds of prey, and it feeds solely on small black ants.

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How much does a thorny devil weigh?

Adult male thorny devils typically weigh between 75 and 90 grams, with females tending to be heavier.

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What is the scientific name of the thorny devil?

the scientific name is Moloch Horridus

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Can a thorny devil be a pet?

actually a thorny devil can make a great pet there actually just like bearded dragon

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What does the thorny devil eat?

The Thorny devil, a strange, spiky lizard of Australia, feeds exclusively on ants. It prefers small, black ants of the Iridomyrmex flavipes species.

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How does a thorny devil die?

Just because it has "thorns" doesn't mean its impossible to kill. Thorny devils are just regular organisms that have adapted with skin covered in sharp spikes. They can die of predators, dehydration, disease, starvation, overexposure to heat, not enough heat, poison and just about any kind of death you can imagine. They are not "super lizards" because they have spikes.

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Do thorny devils eat rodents?

No. Thorny devils live exclusively on ants. It prefers small, black ants of the Iridomyrmex flavipes species.

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What are facts about the thorny devil?

  • The thorny devil only eats black ants.
  • Thorny devils live in the desert and semi-arid outback regions of Australia, mostly in the western two-thirds of the continent, through Western Australia, the Northern Territory and South Australia.
  • it can live for twenty years.
  • It thrives in sandy or sandy loam regions where it is camouflaged against the ground due to its orange, yellow, brown and white colouring, and where the main vegetation is spinifex or sparse mallee scrub.
  • The thorny devil is also sometimes known as the Moloch.
  • It has an extra spiked protuberance behind its head which a predator may mistake for its real head, thus protecting its real head.
  • Between 3 and 10 eggs are laid in a chamber 30 cm beneath the surface of the ground. Neither parent has any part in rearing the babies once they hatch. The warmer the weather, the sooner the eggs hatch. Upon hatching, the babies dig to the surface and start eating ants immediately.

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What adaptations has the thorny devil made for its environment?

The thorny devil has thorns/spikes on its back that help it to ward off predators in its environment. It has an extra protuberance on the back of its head which may appear to be like a second head to would-be predators.

These spikes have another function, and that is to help channel water towards the thorny devil's mouth. Water which lands on the Thorny Devil's back, whether it be overnight condensation or rain, runs along tiny grooves on the animal's body to the corner of its mouth. It moves along these grooves by a capillary action set in motion by gulping. The Thorny devil will also rub itself up against vegetation in the early morning to collect condensation on its thorns.

The thorny devil's colouring is orange/yellow and black: perfect for blending into the desert environment in which it lives.

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Does a thorny devil live in a hole?

yes

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Is there an order to the Thorny Devil?

Yes. The Thorny devil belongs to the order Squamata.

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How long can a thorny devil live in captivity?

In protective captivity, away from predators and the danger of being run over by cars, thorny devils may live to 20 years. In the wild, it is generally up to 15 years.

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How many babies does a thorny devil have?

a thorny devil has 100 babys

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Why is the thorny devil called the thorny devil?

Thorny devils are unusual lizards, covered all over with sharp thorn-like protuberances. They are not the sort of lizard one is encouraged to pick up - hence the name, devil. They are best avoided.

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What habitat does a Thorny Devil have?

The habitat of the Thorny devil is the desert and semi-arid outback regions of Australia.

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Is a thorny devil herbivore?

no. they are carnivores because they eat ants and other small insects

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Is a thorny devil a vertebrate or invertebrate?

The thorny devil is a vertebrate, just as all reptiles are vertebrates.

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How do thorny devils look after their young?

They don't.

Female thorny devils lay between 3 and 10 eggs in a burrow with a chamber. This burrow may be about 30 cm below the surface. After laying the eggs, the female backfills the burrow, leaving a chamber filled with air. She then leaves the eggs.

The eggs incubate for anywhere between 3 and 6 months, depending on the outside temperature (they hatch sooner in hot weather). Once the baby thorny devils hatch, they are able to start eating ants almost immediately.

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How does a thorny devil catch its food?

they catch it with their sticky tongue

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How does a Thorny devil breathe?

Thorny devils breathe using lungs. The thorny devil is a reptile, and all reptiles breathe using lungs.

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How does the thorny devil find its food?

The thorny devil eats only ants. It can eat thousands of ants in a single sitting collecting them up with its sticky tongue. It collects moisture via night dew which forms on the skin and is channelled to the mouth through grooves between its spikes, or rubs itself on vegetation in the early morning, thereby collecting the dew in that way.

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What are predators of the thorny devil?

Some birds of prey such as Brown Falcons and bustards prey on thorny devils, but a major danger for populations living near humans is the danger of being run over.
Bustards (A type of bird),Humans,And Brown falcons

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How does the thorny devil find water in the desert?

The Thorny Devil's body is covered in a system of tiny groove like channels that run between its scales. All the channels run to the corners of the lizards mouth. These channels are capable of absorbing water through a capillary action (similar to that of a straw in water - some of the water will rise up the straw above the water level and this is called capillary action). The Thorny devil can not only collect rain in this way, but also drops of dew from the vegetation it moves though. Once the water is in the capillary system, the lizard simply needs move the water to its mouth by gulping.

Thorny Devil also do not need much water as their skin is totally impervious. This means that no water is lost though the skin though actions such as sweating.

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