Scientists thought that thorny devils drank this way during rainstorms, but no one had seen them do it.
He traveled to Australia to try to find thorny devils and rain at the same time.
His reward was the sight of thorny devils standing in the rain.
He got this idea from reading about another lizard, the Australian thorny devil.
This certainly makes thorny devils hard to swallow for most predators, even snakes," says Eric Pianka, a herpetologist (expert in reptiles) at the University of Texas at Austin.
Think Australia, home to creatures like the platypus, the thorny devil, and the koala.
Meet one lizard whose survival strategy is to look so scary it's named the thorny devil.