Thorny Devil Hotspot. Googs Track.

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 at 20:49
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Thorny Devils are described as being common but are rarely seen. I have seen 6 Thorny Devils in 4 trips along Googs Track in South Australia. They have all been on the track in the same area 10 to 30 kms North of Googs Lake.

Thorny Devils respond to a threat by standing still and raising their tail vertically. This makes them hard to see while driving unless you slow down and look for them. Lots of sticks and strips of bark can look similar. They will stand still for 5 minutes or longer. They seem to rely on either camouflage or their fearsome appearance for protection from predators. This immobility also makes them easy to photograph.

Their colour changes during the day. In the morning they are dull olive.

In the afternoon they are bright yellow.

This one seemed to respond positively to maxtrax as he flattened his tail.

After a few photos I placed him on the ground away from the track and near some small black ants. Yum. He can eat his weight in black ants in a day.

Happy Thorny Devil spotting.

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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 at 21:24

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 at 21:24
Nice pics and info, ta.
I reckon that little fella thought that the Maxtrax was his mum, sorta look similar !!
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Reply By: Mick O - Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 at 23:29

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 at 23:29
Moloch Horridus - They are also territorial and do not move far from their known territory. Always important to put them back where you found them.

A bit of extra info here; Thorny Devil - (Moloch Horridus)

Great little beastie to encounter.

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Reply By: Meridith D - Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 at 16:30

Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 at 16:30
My dad used to work at the Tracking Station in Carnarvon WA in the late 1960's. He used to bring them home for me to play with.
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Reply By: Malcom M - Friday, Apr 14, 2017 at 08:20

Friday, Apr 14, 2017 at 08:20
Didn't know they changed color.
Good pics
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Friday, Apr 14, 2017 at 09:20

Friday, Apr 14, 2017 at 09:20
Another hot spot is the road into Quobba station from the main highway, next to the dry lake.
I saw dozens there and had to duck and weave to avoid them.

Regards Philip A
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Reply By: Member - Judy and Laurie - Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 at 22:14

Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 at 22:14

Saw some on the road out to Cape Peron WA
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