Wake me when it’s mild You’ll find these prickly creatures in the arid scrubland and deserts of outback Australia. Despite living in the hottest parts of Oz they don’t like extreme heat or cold and often hibernate in summer and winter, only surfacing for spring and autumn.
Prickly pals True to their names these little lizards are covered in spiky thorns. While they look pretty scary, the thorny devils are pretty tame. Luckily predators don’t know that and are usually scared off by their threatening appearance!
The ant’s pants These picky eaters are interested in one thing and one thing only – ants! They will sit and wait by ant trails ALL day and use their sticky tongues to capture them. They can eat up to 5,000 black ants in a day!
On the defence Other than their scary looking spikes, the thorny devil has two cool defence moves for looming predators. They can inflate their chests to make themselves appear larger. They also have a large thorned bulb on their neck that looks like a second head – they will bow their head to protect it and confuse predators.