Jul 14, 2013 2:59 AM GMT
This is a thorny dragon, an Australian lizard that grows up to about 20 cm in length.
The thorny spikes that cover its body are thought to be a defence mechanism against predators, although they may also lend a hand in camouflage.
It has another fairly unique defence mechanism - some species of thorny dragons have a vein near their eyes which they are able to intentionally burst when they feel threatened. This is shot at predators as a projectile.