3 The Thorny Devil Can Drink Water by Sucking Along Its Skin
The thorny devil, also known as thorny dragon, mountain devil, thorny lizard and moloch is a lizard that is native to Australia. The thorny devil can grow up to 20 cm (8.0 in) in length, and it can live up to 20 years. The lizard is covered in mostly uncalcified conical spines. Its colour is usually desert browns and tans. The thorny devil defends itself by the use of the many sharp spines, and a false head on its neck that it uses to confuse possible prey.
One of the most astonishing features of the thorny devil is its ability to drink water. As it is a desert animal water is scarce. It sustains itself with water by collecting fine water droplets from night time condensation on its body. When this dew forms on its skin it channels the water to its mouth in hygroscopic grooves between its spines. On the rare occasions that it actually rains, capillary action allows the thorny devil to suck in water from all over its body.
4 Snakes Don’t Blink
Do snakes blink? Unlike many creatures on this celestial rock, snakes don’t blink. The reason is rather cool and fascinating.