Thorny devil lizard

Thorny devil lizard

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Credit: GEORGETTE DOUWMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Thorny devil lizard (Moloch horridus) on sand. The brown colouration of this desert-dwelling lizard helps to camouflage it in scrub and red sand. It feeds exclusively on black ants, which it licks up with its tongue. It is well adapted to its desert habitat, having a system of grooves on its skin which lead to the corners of its mouth. It can therefore drink moisture that falls on its back. An agamid lizard, it may reach a length of over 20 centimetres. It inhabits the deserts of Australia. Photographed near Shark Bay, Western Australia.

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