Photographer's Note

I decided to let this weekends postings go in the sign of "small Austrailan reptiles that I found on the road". Yesterday I showed you the Blue tongue.

Today we take a look at the Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus). We found this little guy on the road but not while driving this time. I think it would have been impossibe to see him from a car since they have great camoflage.

The thorny devil can grow to about 10-15cm (4-6 inches) long and it eats ants almost exclusively. It can be found in the central and western Australia where there is desert and dry bush land.

This fella is playing dead for us, you can see him sticking his tongue out and closing his eyes hoping that we will go away. His thorns would probably make most predators think twice about swallowing him but they are not sharp the way rose thorns are, I could pick him up with no troubles.

The thorny devil can actually change color, a bit like chameleons can, and they are very hard to spot when they are sitting still. I isolated the background and lessend the dynamic with levels, lowered saturation and changed the hue a tiny bit towards green to make him stand out better. Then I sharpened the whole pic a bit with unsharp mask.

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