This all paid off on my first morning in thorny devil territory on this trip, when I pulled out of the Erldunda gas station, turned onto the Lasseter Highway, and almost immediately saw this crazy reptile strutting and swaying its way across the road. I simply could not bear the thought of it being squashed there, so it is possible that I violated the letter (but not the spirit) of Australian law by assisting the li'l devil off of the pavement.
Most observations of thorny devils are on roads, because they are nearly impossible to see when they are motionless on the desert floor in the mottled shade of a plant. Which is where they usually are, when they are not wandering across roads.
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