Wordless Wednesday – So we were driving along …

by Deb on April 27, 2011

Thorny Devil

And look what we spotted! Isn’t he gorgeous?It’s a Thorny Devil, a unique Australian lizard.

Patterns

Good camouflage patterns for the spinifex and red dirt.

He was crossing the road doing a similar back and forth thing to chameleons.

False head

The lump on the back of the neck is a false head, he can tuck his head under if a bird attacks.

The spines are sharp and protective, they and the ridges also help to catch water and channel it to his mouth.

tummy

Even the underside has sharp spines.

It just shows it’s not only when you are looking on purpose, keep your eyes open and you may find amazing things around you any time.

big girl

Not every day you get to hold a wild Thorny Devil then let it go again.

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Victoria Hewitt via Facebook April 27, 2011 at 7:26 am

Wow, what an amazing creature

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Trish @ my little drummers April 27, 2011 at 7:42 am

Very cool . I see things (well lizardy things on the road) all the time but my husband is usually going to fast to stop or won’t.
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Ash April 27, 2011 at 8:03 am

Wow! Those markings and spikes are fascinating!
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Shelley April 27, 2011 at 8:16 am

Oh I love the caramel/gold colour – what a treat to find! xx
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Barbara Chatterton-Luuring via Facebook April 27, 2011 at 9:01 am

What a gorgeous creature!!

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katesaysstuff April 27, 2011 at 10:14 am

Wow that’s awesome! We have a blue tongue that lives in a pipe in our backyard, and the kids love it when he emerges to catch some sun. So fascinating, but this one you found would knock their socks off!
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Deb April 28, 2011 at 10:54 pm

We used to get lots of bluetongues in Perth when I was growing up, we could hand feed them.

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Sam @ Learn. Create. Do. April 27, 2011 at 10:34 am

How cool is that! I love the markings
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Tracey Liebewein Monroe via Facebook April 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Just incredible!

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Veronica April 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I love lizards, of all kinds. These photos are excellent too.
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jasmine April 28, 2011 at 1:54 am

Wow, that IS amazing. Beautiful creature, i’d love to see one up close. I totally agree.. “It just shows it’s not only when you are looking on purpose, keep your eyes open and you may find amazing things around you any time.”
Never thought of it like this, and now I may notice more in my surroundings. It is getting warmer here, perhaps I’ll find a western painted turtle in southern IL! =/ its no Australia!
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Marita April 30, 2011 at 6:32 pm

What a fabulous opportunity! Thank you for sharing the pictures, they are amazing creatures.
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anna May 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm

oh wow…. australia is full of unique animals.
many of them scare me though.
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Deb May 5, 2011 at 9:14 pm

These ones are just gorgeous! Most of the scary ones are more afraid of us, we just give them lots of space.

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anna May 5, 2011 at 9:25 pm

my boyfriend is obsessed with australia and has asked me many times if i’d like to live there. and while it seems like a great country to visit, what about all the snakes, spiders and other dangerous fauna representatives?.. maybe i’ve watched too much tv:)
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Madison May 25, 2011 at 9:34 pm

This is so neat, how did you every see that, it would blend so easily with it’s surroundings?
I’m going to share this with my granddaughters!
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Deb May 25, 2011 at 9:52 pm

With the normal background it’s almost invisible. But they move very slowly and my husband spotted it on the black road.

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