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Thorny Devils - Alice Springs Desert Park

May, 2007.

Thorny Devils - Alice Springs Desert Park
snowleopard, 23 Jun 2008
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    • PAT
      Does anyone know how they feed them.
    • James27
      I guess they just catch up ants, I know a private keeper who does that. They also have regular insects too I think.
      They're awesome looking lizards :D
    • Hix
      These look like they're kept indoors - the keepers put an old piece of termite mound outside and drizzle honey through it. When it is covered in ants they take it inside and put it in the lizards enclosure.

      For lizards kept outside, it's simply a case of putting honey in the pen/pit and waiting for the ants to come along.
    • Jabiru96
      The heat lamp/light is shining on it
    • Hix
      Actually, the heat lamp is not shining on it, but shining on the other one. The green one is only lit, I imagine, by a fluorescent tube which often give phoptographic subjects a greenish tinge.


    • zoomaniac
      Wonderful animals. I wish we could have them here in Europe. Maybe in exchange with flamingos?..:)
    • Jabiru96
      Well we only have two flamingos :rolleyes:

      The problem is that they only eat a certain species of ant from the middle of Australia so if we did manage to export them overseas you might have to start a breeding colony of the ants to feed the lizards, or import fresh ones every day! It will probably be too difficult and costly but who knows what will happen in the future...
    • zoomaniac
      Yes, I knew the problem with the special diet for them.

      Would be interesting if these kind of ants can be kept and bred in captivity (= inhouse conditions). If so, then only import/export regulations could prevent my wish...

      What about a deal: For a pair of thorny devils Australian Zoos will get a flamingo pair AND another pair for free!!!!;)
    • Jabiru96
      For a pair of thorney devils we get an okapi pair and a mandrill troop :)
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