Name That Animal

This is just for fun and the only rule is:  no researching.  Post your best guesses in the comments.  Reading other people’s answers before posting your own is optional heavily frowned upon by management.  Answer will be posted in the comments tomorrow morning.

Yes, you can hold him next.

Yes, you can hold him next.

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  1. Spiny echidna?

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  2. Compcat

     /  October 23, 2014

    Horned Toad. Or relative. Seems sort of orangey for a horned toad.

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  3. Definitely a lizard. Spiny lizard? I don’t know. It’s on the tip of my tongue and I can’t quite remember it.

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  4. Eucritta

     /  October 23, 2014

    Spiny devil? No … I think it’s thorny devil.

    Cute, too.

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  5. sarahjaneb

     /  October 23, 2014

    Looks like a lizard mated with a rose bush. When does it bloom?

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  6. That’s a Pumpkin-Spiked Latte Lizard. My favorite flavor. Well, in lattes. Not sure I have a favorite flavor in lizards, but this one is cute enough to consider.

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  7. Moloch or Spiny Devil

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  8. ANSWER TIME

    This is a thorny dragon. From this animal’s Wiki page:

    The thorny dragon or thorny devil (Moloch horridus) is an Australian lizard, also known as the mountain devil, the thorny lizard, or the moloch. This is the sole species of genus Moloch. The thorny devil grows up to 20 cm (8.0 in) in length, and it can live for up to 20 years. Most of these lizards are coloured in camouflaging shades of desert browns and tans. These colours change from pale colours during warm weather and to darker colours during cold weather. These animals are covered entirely with conical spines that are mostly uncalcified.

    The thorny dragon also features a spiny “false head” on the back of its neck, and the lizard presents this to potential predators by dipping its real head. The “false head” is made of soft tissue.

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