Creeping Devil is a rare type of cactus thanks to its self-replicating ability, separated from the main body to continue to exist and move throughout the desert.
Creeping Devil's cactus is also known as Stenocereus eruca, which is a typical cactus of Baja California Sur state in northwestern Mexico. According to Odditycentral, this is also the only type of cacti in the world that can move.
Unlike other types of cacti in the world that often grow vertically, Creeping Devil grows horizontally and lies on the ground. This special part of growth plays an important role in helping the Creeping Devil not be isolated and able to move freely across the desert in search of water.
So where does the Creeping Devil move ability come from? That's because of their ability to clone and self-replicate.
When parallel to the ground, the Creeping Devil trunk will begin to take root on their heads. And when firmly fixed on the sandy soil, its old body will die, decay and eventually become a source of nutrition for the newly developed trunk. Every time, cacti can travel throughout the desert over time. In other words, Creeping Devil must die to survive.
A Creeping Devil cactus stalk if not affected by outside can live up to 100 years.
Although Creeping Devil has a special survival mechanism, it is facing extinction. Due to the rare nature, the Creeping Devil is being exploited wildly.
Alfredo Beltrán Morales, a researcher at Baja California Sur University, revealed that a Creeping Devil cactus stalk has a price range of around 4,000-5,000 USD on the black market.
Even so, illegal trafficking is only part of the threat that this cactus faces. Due to the Creeping Devil's trunk growing on the ground, they can greatly affect livestock farming and block travel. For this reason, many farmers have dismantled Creeping Devil's cacti to get farmland.
Creeping Devil is currently on Mexico's list of endangered plants.