If you think this thorny dragon’s exaggerated spikes get it noticed in the wild, think again. Technically known as a moloch, the Australian lizard is notoriously hard to spot. The 8-inch animal remains perfectly motionless whenever something approaches and blends in with the sandy deserts where it roams in search of black ants, which it consumes by the thousands. Thorny dragons do use their impressive spikes to dissuade predators, and if an attacker persists, they’ll lower their heads to reveal a “false head” on the back of their neck.
Photo: Brian W. Schaller
I grew up in Arizona , loving our gentle “horny toads.”
Do molochs also relax when you turn them over and stroke their bellies?
Does the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum still have an exhibit of these two lovely lizards , showing convergent Evolution?
Don't forget what I feel is the coolest adaptation.....they have capalary movement....meaning they don't have to put their head down to drink....the water moves up it's scales to their mouth
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