The Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus) is much gentler than its name suggests. This ant-eating reptile can blend into its surroundings by changing colour.
It also has grooves between its thorny scales that channel dew on its skin to its mouth – a handy trick for a desert dweller!
The Thorny Devil has one of the coolest gaits in the animal kingdom – it doesn’t just walk, it rocks! Its gait is unmistakable: a slow, jerky movement that can help conceal it from predators.
The Thorny Devil is vulnerable to habitat loss and disturbance. This bushgift helps Bush Heritage protect the Thorny Devil’s habitat on our Charles Darwin, Hamelin and Eurardy reserves in Western Australia, as well as Pilungah and Ethabuka reserves in Queensland.