Thorny Devil

Thorny Devil

Thought I'd throw this up as something a bit different, close up profile of a thorny devil.

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What cool creatures, they

Fri, 2010-11-19 15:54

What cool creatures, they are very common if you keep your eyes peeled on the dirt roads in the Kalbarri national parks. Apparently they have to consume a crazy amount of ants per day to survive.

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Devil eggs

Fri, 2010-11-19 15:58

Saw an article in a paper years back.

  When the yanks had their navy ships coming in for R+R  years back, some kids in Gero had a couple of thorny devils in a cardboard box plus a heap of double gees. The were selling the double gees for a couple of bucks each as mountain devil eggs and getting rid of plenty.

 

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Stupidity tax, haha. Steve:

Fri, 2010-11-19 16:13

Stupidity tax, haha.


Steve: a few thousand ants a day, one at a time.

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Hard way to keep surviving!!

Fri, 2010-11-19 16:23

Hard way to keep surviving!!

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great looking,animal

Fri, 2010-11-19 16:18

they are different,can change colour to suit surrounds

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Molock Horridus

Fri, 2010-11-19 16:24

Akways remember the name from Uni days. Dont ever have to drink, gets all of their fluid from their diet. At least I know my beer stash is safe.

Since this is a fishing forum ---- Any good for Bait. LOL

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They actually have grooves

Fri, 2010-11-19 16:27

They actually have grooves on their body, so when the morning dew collects on them, it can get channeled to their mouth.

 

 

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Cant remember that from Zoology 100

Fri, 2010-11-19 16:29

but i remeber they are pretty tough little critters. Having said that that was years ago.

 

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and dont forget...

Sat, 2010-11-20 07:55

They can also stand in water and it runs up into their mouth through cappillary action.

And what a walk they have.....

And like whales that each have a unique tail pattern each Molock has a completely unique pattern on the underbelly.  

Bury their eggs a meter deep and the little buggers dig out........

Molock hurridus considering we're back in Zoology 101 Wink

 

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it was in zoology 101!  lol

Sat, 2010-11-20 00:14

it was in zoology 101!  lol

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Supposed to be good luck.

Sat, 2010-11-20 09:23

Supposed to be good luck. Local bloke I worjed with used to get excited every time we found one.

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Lots of them on the road

Sat, 2010-11-20 10:53

Lots of them on the road between Coral Bay and Exmouth at the moment,  they love the warmth off the hot bitumen,  and the big ant hills.