Australian - An Aboriginal monster in the form of a huge lizard. In some accounts, referred to as Ngarara.
New Zealand - A minor deity or, some say, a demon. Some accounts describe this being as a beautiful woman with a tail, others as a form of mermaid. Some say she is a lizard-woman. In the form of a woman with a tail, she tried to seduce Ruru who had called at her island in search of water but, with the help of her servants Kiore Ta and Kiore Ti, Ruru got away. He then built a hut containing a model of himself and set fire to the building. Ngarara, who had coiled herself round the statue, was lucky to escape with the loss of her long tail. On occassion, identified as Ngarara.

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