Thorny Devil

Eurycantha calcarata

This stick insect is heavily armored, sports sharp body spines, and during the day clusters in groups for protection from predators. When disturbed, the males painfully clamp down with the especially large spines on their powerful hind legs and release a skunk-like odor.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: World of the Insect
lifespanLifespan: 6 months
ecological roleEcological Role: Herbivore
habitatHabitat: Tropical rainforest
dietDiet: Leaves