'DID YOU KNOW THAT' the Perentie is the largest monitor lizard or goanna native to Australia and the fourth largest living lizard on earth, after the Komodo Dragon, Asian Water Monitor and the Crocodile Monitor? Found west of the Great Dividing Range in the arid areas of Australia, it is rarely seen because of its shyness and the remoteness of much of its range from human habitation. The skin pattern of the Perentie is said to be the inspiration for a particular style of Aboriginal woodcarving. Reaching speeds of up to 40 kilometres per hour, the perentie runs at about the same speed as an Olympic sprinter. As well as running fast on all fours, the Perentie is also able to run on just its two hind legs. It can grow up to 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) long, although the average length is around 1.75 to 2 m (5 ft 9 in to 6 ft 7 in) and weigh up to 15 kg (33 lb), with maximum weight that can be over 20 kg (44 lb). As a carnivore, the Perentie feeds on a wide variety of prey. Depending on their size, they hunt insects, lizards, fish, birds and small animals such as rats and rabbits. Larger individuals will also hunt large animals, such as small kangaroos, wombats and even lone dingoes.