The thorny devil, also known as Thorny Lizard or the Moloch Horridus. It is best known for having an extremely spiky looking appearance. It is covered by hard sharp spines to dissuade predators by making it difficult to swallow. It lives only in Australia in the arid scrub and desert. It has a false head on its back that it use it when it feels threatened. It lowers its head between its front legs, and only the false head is visible.
Latin Binomial Name: Moloch Horridus
Size: 15-20cm (5.9-8in)
Top Speed: 60km/h (37mph)
Life Span: 12-20 years
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They were once found all over Australia, but are now found only in Tasmania. Devils are black with a white mark on the chest and rump, and look similar to a medium sized solid dog. Adult males are usually larger than adult females. Large males weigh up to 12 kg, and stand about 30 cm high at the shoulder. They could run about 13 kilometres per hour.
Type of Animal: Mammal
Average lifespan: Up to 5 years
Size: 51 to 79cm (20 to 31 in)
Weight: 4 to 12 kg (9 to 26 lbs)
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