Australia


 

Numbat - Aboriginal Striped Termite Eater

walpurti termite eater

Numbat - Walpurti - Banded Termite Eater

 

Thorny Devil Lizard - Prickly Desert Ant-Eater

head thorns

Australian Horned Lizard or Thorny Devil

The thorny devil is covered in spiny, warty protuberances. Narrow channels between the scales act to draw precious droplets of dew or rain to its mouth by capillary action. This is an amazing adaptation that allows them to remain in such a dry environment taking advantage of all possible moisture. The thorns or horns are mostly hollow modified scales.

 

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