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thorny dragon, thorny devil (Moloch horridus)

Illustration from Lydekker's The Royal Natural History

Illustration of a Reptilia species, Moloch horridus, commonly referred to as the Thorny Devil.
Date 1896
Source The Royal Natural History of Richard Lydekker
Author Richard Lydekker (1849–1915)

The thorny dragon or thorny devil (Moloch horridus) 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 dragon grows up to 20 cm in length, and it can live for 15 to 20 years. Order: Squamata, Suborder: Iguania, Family: Agamidae, Subfamily: Amphibolurinae, Genus: Moloch, Species: Moloch horridus (Gray, 1841), Synonyms: Acanthosaura gibbosus.

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Thorny Devil, Thorny Dragon, Thorny Lizard

Thorny devils are well-known for the many, large spines on their bodies. Their large spines are entirely boneless, only two parietal spines are supported by modest bony bosses on the skull. Their bodies are covered with thick shields and spiny cones and they are marked with golden and brown patches that serve to camouflage them in their arid habitats. They are extremely difficult to find because of their camouflage and escape detection even at close quarters and with experts who are actively looking for them.
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