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Australia’s thorny devils (Moloch horridus) are incredible animals. Their spiky armour is, as you might have guessed, used for defence. Their is dotted with tiny grooves that suck up dew on the surface and water from the ground through capillary action, passing it to the devil’s mouth without the lizard having to lift a finger. So it’s probably not a look judgement this little devil has on its face, rather, it’s one of satisfaction.
Meet the spinifex hopping mouse— they may look small but they thrive in Australia’s harshest environments.
Up until now the only known population of the rare purple desert flower existed just north of Coober Pedy.
For centuries Australia’s succulent plants have been undervalued by botanists, neglected by world encyclopaedias and considered pests by backyard gardeners. But now Attila Kapitany, the authority on Australia’s succulent plants, tells Australian Geographic that it’s about time the record is set straight.