- Maori (culture)
- Reptilian (attribute)
- Deadly (behaviour)
One of the Taniwha creatures of Maori myth. It was a large lizard covered in warts and spines. It could outrun all of its prey. It had killed many a villager so a group of hunters decided to take revenge. The hunters found Hotu-Puku sleeping in its cave and lured it out. Then some men threw a noose over its neck while the others pierced it to death with spears. When the sliced open its stomach they saw the half digested remains of their relatives.
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