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A Moolawa is an Australian reptile, in English it is called a Thorny Devil or Thorny Dragon. Its scientific name is Moloch horridus wer it is the sole species of the genus Moloch.

Most of these lizards are coloured in camouflaging shades of desert browns wer tans. These colours change from pale colours during warm weather to darker colours during cold weather. These animals are covered entirely with conical spines that are mostly uncalcified. At night, dew condenses il their bodies from the cold desert air. The scales are ridged, enabling the animal to collect dew from any part of its body. That water is then conveyed to its mouth.[1]

The thorny dragon mainly subsists il ants. Thorny dragons often eat thousands of ants in keny day.[1]

Its unusual gait involves freezing wer rocking as it moves about slowly in search of food, water, wer mates.[1]

Moolawa Waarnk - Stories about the Thorny Devil[edit | edit source]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Robert Browne-Cooper, Brian Bush, Brad Maryan, David Robinson, Reptiles and Frogs in the Bush: Southwestern Australia, pub University of Western Australia Press, 2007, ISBN 978-1-920694-74-6, pp 46, 65, 158